Tracking System

AD-1 - In Progress

Action ID AD-1

Action Develop and implement community-based solid waste management and recycling programs in coordination with municipalities.

Schedule Short-Term

Status In Progress


Update 2017: We started an educational campaign about the adequate disposal of prescribed drugs. We printed 700 posters that were distributed in all Walgreens pharmacies of the Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Resources, the Environmental Quality Board, the Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, and the Solid Waste Management Authority. Also, the Municipality of San Juan placed posters in several community pharmacies. The SJBEP established two drop-off centers, one next to the José Miguel Agrelos Coliseum and the second at the Condado Lagoon Jaime Benítez Park.

As a new initiative, the SJBEP became part of an alliance comprised by the San Juan Municipality, the Sierra Club, and the Solid Waste Management Authority and Strategic Materials. This alliance created a massive recycling campaign in the largest local carnival in Puerto Rico named the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián. As a result, "SanSe Recycles" increased the recycling rate of the event by a 220%, recovering nearly 69 tons of recyclables. We continue this effort every year at the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián. 


Update March 2012: All of the eight municipalities comprising the San Juan Bay Estuary basin already have activated their respective recycling programs. However the effectiveness of the majority of these programs is well below recommended standards. According to data provided by the Authority of Solid Waste (Autoridad de Desperdicios Sólidos) the recycling rate in the 8 municipalities is as follows: Cataño .11%, Bayamón .80%, Loíza 1.23%, Trujillo Alto 2.35%, Guaynabo 14.56%, Toa Baja 1.73%, San Juan 2.91%, Carolina (to be determined).

The eight municipalities enclosing the San Juan Bay Estuary ecosystem are currently carrying out their bulky waste collection programs. The main problem we are dealing with is the cyclical nature of these unhealthy disposal practices. We have to develop a strategy to interrupt this cycle of inadequate waste disposal.

Currently the Península de Cantera Project along with AmeriCorps is developing a program of estuarine cleanup in Cantera. This endeavor will serve as a pilot project for the implementation of similar ventures in other areas surrounding the SJBE.

This particular undertaking is being carried out more emphatically in the areas of Barrio Obrero, Cantera and the Guaynabo municipality.

The program Barrio Obrero Recicla (Barrio Obrero Recycles) is receiving the economic support of the SJBEP trough the recruitment of a dispensed materials carrier who covers the fourteen streets within the Barrio Obrero Marina community. The leaders of the community include some collaborators of the SJBEP like Carmen Febres.

As consequence of Law # 70 implanted during 1992 the eight municipalities along the SJBE watershed regularly yield an evaluation report of the management and recycling of solid waste in their respective areas.

Update January 2010:  Virtually all municipalities in the basin of the SJBE have recycling projects. Among the most ambitious is the Municipality of Guaynabo that had implemented house to house recollection. However, the indexes of recycling in the municipalities of SJBE are very low.  Our Program often joins campaigns of electronics recycling materials and recycling of Christmas trees of ADS.    At this time we are coordinating our support for the upcoming electronics recycling campaign of ADS, to be held in April 2010.

Previous update: Puerto Rico is moving forward with waste management and recycling programs.  The SJBEP has been a key player in the efforts in the SJBE watershed.  We mostly serve as an educational tool, technical advice resource, and principal partner.  Most recently, the SJBEP has created a partnership with The Ocean Conservancy for implementing this action, which is an ongoing activity for us.

AD-1.1 Assure that the eight municipalities that are part of the estuary's drainage basin develop their solid waste management and recycling plans as required by law no. 70.
AD-1.2 Determine specific waste management and recycling strategies for identified critical areas where large amounts of aquatic debris is found.
AD-1.3 Launch an educational campaign stressing the importance of the SJBE system and the need to establish and support effective solid waste management and recycling initiatives as a step to restore the quality and health of the local environment and the estuary as a whole.
AD-1.4 Meet with community members and local government representatives to identify leaders willing to organize a waste management and recycling program.  In communities where programs already have been established, meet with program representatives to assess the need for additional support
AD-1.5 Assist and support local communities in the development of waste management and recycling programs designed to meet their particular needs.
AD-1.6 Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of the ongoing waste management and recycling activities in each community

Date Created 08 Feb 2006

Last Update 31 July 2017

Attachment TS_AD1.pdf