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Community Engagement

Did you know that about 48% of the garbage that is produced in Chilean homes, corresponds to organic waste? #YoReciclOrganicos and you?

Community Engagement

Did you know that about one-third of the food produced ends up in the trash? #YoReciclOrganicos and you?

Community Engagement

From organic waste, annually Chile produces more than 100 kilos of carbon dioxide per person. #YoReciclOrganicos and you?

Community Engagement

Each year, Chile generates 7.4 million tons of garbage. We invite you to change this reality. #YoReciclOrganicos and you?

Community Engagement

Only 10% of waste per year ends up as recycled material, leaving the remaining 90% in dump sites or landfills. #YoReciclOrganicos and you?

The engagement with the community seeks to promote the linkage of the community with the management of organic waste and climate change, through three lines of action: communicate, educate and involve.

#YoReciclOrganicos, and you?:

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Generating material for publicity and awareness about the program, in order to provide information to citizens, communities and municipalities regarding the relationship of organic waste and climate change, the importance of the separation of the organic fraction and initiatives and activities of Reciclo Orgánicos


Install capabilities and expertise in program beneficiaries, in order to sustain it over time through theoretical training practices, and virtual format.


Encourage citizen participation and allow articulation of the actors involved and interested in the program.





Communities involved


Community Social Media



What is organic waste?

Organic wastes are those which have an animal or vegetable origin. All these residues can be recovered and converted into compost or energy through various strategies, such as composting, vermiculture or biodigestión.

What is the relationship between RECICLO ORGÁNICOS program with Climate Change?

Generally, organic waste is sent to landfills or dumps, where they are compacted with other residues in spaces without oxygen, resulting in that, on decomposition, generate a gas called methane (CH4), which has a calorific value around 25 times greater than that of carbon dioxide (C02). This means that methane is a greenhouse gas that seriously affects climate change

What is the RECICLO ORGÁNICOS program?

Reciclo Orgánicos is a program promoted by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ministry of Environment of Chile and supported by the consulting firm Arcadis. The program has the general objective to reduce the fraction of organic waste ending up in landfills or dumps in different districts of Chile, where it is generated and emitted methane gas, highly polluting gas to the atmosphere

What is the Classification in Origin?

Source sorting is to group the waste generated by citizens themselves, in their homes, offices, restaurants, hotels, educational institutions, among others, into categories to be then sent to places where they will be revalued as composting and recycling. This practice allows both processes to be performed more efficiently.

What can be classified as organic waste?

Sort organic waste is easy! Inside the container we can insert a wide variety of organic waste, such as fruit, vegetables, paper or paperboard stained with sauces, yard trimmings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, herbs, eggshells, matches, scrap wood , popsicle sticks or sushi, paper napkins and even hair and nails. We can understand organic waste as all those entering decomposition.

How can I sort organic waste?

The most important endeavor not mix our organic waste with inorganic waste which can not be composted, such as, any type of plastic (bags, cutlery, plates, caps, glasses, etc.), ceramics, tin, glass, rubber, or other type of non-biological material that does not fit into decay.

In some cases, there are certain residues which can not be classified because they can pose a risk to the treatment process, such as the remains of animals, bones or excrement. If you want more information we recommend you contact directly your municipality.

How can I participate in the program?

Everyone: children, youth, adults, seniors, neighborhoods, regional organizations, NGOs, foundations, municipalities and any other entity that is interested in the program can participate in the program by sending us an email to

What treatment is given to classified organic waste?

There are 2 treatment options for organic waste to be recovered through the program.
a. Compost is usually arranged in beds or compost piles and dry mixed with plant residues (leaves, branches, etc.) to ensure proper decomposition. At the end of the process "compost" an excellent fertilizer is obtained.

b. Biodigestion: digesters, corresponding to large bags or plastic sleeves free oxygen, storing organic waste inside and capture methane emitted for the generation of biogas and electricity through a valve are used

What benefit get to recover organic waste?

By classifying our organic waste, we are part of the process of reducing greenhouse gas affecting the planet, improving our quality of life and that of future generations. In addition, we will help to divert waste from landfills which, on the one hand, increases its life and, on the other it will help municipalities to reduce the high costs on waste management.


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