Costa Rica managed to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest amount of plastic bottles collected in eight hours for recycling.
The authorities of the famous book have reviewed and validated the documentation collected during the recycling event that took place on December 7th with the participation of both individual volunteers and companies and organizations.
The collection effort gathered more than 30 tons of plastic bottles. All the material, which was weighed with officially calibrated electronic scales, was grouped in the facilities of Pedregal, in San Antonio de Belén, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The sources of plastic bottles were schools, business parks, free zones, offices of public companies, and collection centers of several points of the country.
Karla Chaves, director of Ecolones said that
this achievement is e result of a thorough work and close collaboration between allies, public and private, concerned about the proper management of waste. Although this was a symbolic act, the message of national commitment on recycling is clear and it is a way of projecting ourselves as a country interested in carrying out better practices of circular economies and sustainable waste management.”
100% of the plastic bottles collected during the event, which is estimated to be over one million, were subsequently recycled by the company Fifco.
The previous Guinness World Record title for the largest amount of plastic bottles in eight hours belonged to the plastics company Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., from India, which had managed to gather more than 23 tons of bottles.