Part bottle depot, part farmers' market, a program in Mexico City promotes recycling in a region with serious waste management and littering issues.
Part bottle depot, part farmers’ market, part family outing, the Mercado de Trueque, or barter market, promotes recycling in a region with serious waste management and water issues. Problems range from a lack of landfill space to litter that plugs storm sewers and results in flooding.
The barter market’s coordinator, Paola de María y Campos, describes it as an educational project. “We’re trying to show people that trash is worth something,” he said. ...
Based on a similar project in Brazil, the market exchanges cardboard, Tetra Pakcontainers, glass, aluminum and PET bottlesfor tickets that can then be turned in for food offered in a farmers’ market setting.