Ecuadorian Recycling: Steps Toward Sustain Development
Monsalve, Jose Antonio García
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This project will be about the installation of the recycling industry in my home country, Ecuador. I have chosen this topic because participation in entrepreneurial activity with a social focus has always been my goal in life. This document analyzes this industry not only in theoretical aspects such as environment and development but also focuses on such practical aspects as business opportunities and profits. In the beginning, before completing an extensive research, the idea was to build a feasibility analysis of an hypothetical company that would process methane, fertilizers, and chemical bases from recycling organic waste. It soon became evident that several preconditions would need to be fulfilled before a project like this could be completed in Ecuador. Ecuador, similar to many developing countries, have certain restricting conditions with respect to new ideas and enterprises. To mention some of the problems that were found: there is too much industrial contamination, poor governmental regulations, and a low environmental consciousness in a large part of the economic sector. The project had to change and adjust to the case. The hypothesis became to give a solution to these problems inherent in a cohesive recycling program. One solution would be to prove with this project how private enterprises can attain profits by way of recycling and decontaminating. The Hypothesis upon which the project is based rests in the brief feasibility analysis and description of several activities that involve recycling in Ecuador. The recollection and processing of organic waste, sewer water, paper, plastics, and glass, for example, are the basic areas that the research will cover. Within this theme, water recycling will show how profitable and positive recycling can be for society and the private enterprise.