Want to recycle? Here’s where to go.
By Carolina Vargas, February 2020, edited by Sheila Madsen.
“We are still in diapers” is how Carolina began our interview. She is referring to the lack of knowledge, the lack of desire and the lack of places to recycle in Mazatlan. Carolina has spent months researching the information for this article – on her own time – as she’s passionate about zero waste and the 3Rs – refusing, reducing, and reusing.
A few facts: 1] every day Mazatlan produces 600 tons of garbage; 2] the city of Mazatlan and the state of Sinaloa do not support a single recycling depot. All the depots mentioned below are run by volunteers who are concerned and are willing to donate their time and space to help with “this problem.” That expression is in quotes because it’s not a problem, it’s our future and Mazatlan is lagging sadly behind, well, in diapers. 3] if you live in a condo, an apartment or a house and you put your garbage out – even if you separate it into plastic, glass etc. it is NOT recycled. 4] the garbage men may sift through it and sell it, or perhaps an independent pepenador/Spanish for “collector” will collect it and resell it.
If you want to recycle, really recycle, here’s where to go. Recycling is a work in progress; baby steps, so do call ahead. Remember, these are passionate volunteers who most likely have other jobs.
Separado no es basura
Av. Rafael Buelna [Soriana el Toreo parking lot, in front of Office Depot] Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
*Paper and cardboard [books, notebooks, newspapers, tickets, shredded paper -should be clean dry and tied up]
*Plastic bottles [rinsed, dry and crushed]
*Aluminum and metal cans [rinsed, dry and crushed]
This is really a service for restaurants, schools and hotels, but hey, if you want to get a container going in your condo, your apartment, your street, go for it! Pick up service. Need to make an appointment. 669 153 – 8476.
*Used cooking oil [you need to collect a good amount of oil so they can pick it up and then clean it.
Av. De los andes 712 Fracc. Alameda [in front of Colegio Andes.]
The containers are in an outside depot, located behind the ambulance entrance, it’s open 24/7.
*Glass [glass bottles and jars must be rinsed, clean and dry – separated into dark and clear glass]
Pick up service. Need to make an appointment. 669 234 – 0679.
*Glass [glass bottles and jars must be rinsed, clean and dry and separated into dark and clear glass]
Av. Reforma 314 Col. Flamingo’s [in front of Gran Plaza] Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Batteries -you can deliver the batteries to the front desk
H&M: Galerias Mazatlan Av. Del Delfin 64, Fracc. La Marina, Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* Textiles: H&M is really ahead of the curve on the recycling – it’s an exciting worldwide program. “Drop off clothes and textiles from ANY brand in ANY condition.” H&M partners sort them into three areas:
Rewear — clothing that can be worn again will be sold as second-hand clothes.
Reuse — old clothes and textiles will be turned into other products, such as cleaning cloths.
Recycle — everything else is turned into textile fibers and used for things like insulation.
Don’t be shy about odd socks, old yoga pants, faded bathing suits, tired bras, stained or ripped sheets, H&M is serious about “ANY condition.” Plus, when you drop off your textiles you receive a 15% discount on your next purchase at H&M.
CAT Educativo y Ambiental
Diente de Leon 18509, Pradera Dorada, sección 2. Need to make an appointment. 669 230 – 5555
*Electronic Waste: any kind of cable, cell phone, CPU, monitor, charger, keyboard, modem, mouse, etc.
*Paper [clean and dry]
*Plastic bottles [rinsed, dry and crushed]
*Aluminum cans [rinsed, dry and crushed]
Carolina is desperate to change the mindset of Mazatlan and she says: “if you know of any other collection center, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to update our database. Thank you for being part of the change.”
So, now you know where to go, thanks to Carolina Vargas.
[Carolina is from Mazatlan and lived in Seattle for five years. Seattle introduced her to zero waste, composting and living in a sustainable culture. When she returned to Mazatlan she co-founded Refeel Cultura Sostenible – where the focus is on creating awareness about sustainability in Mazatlan. She’s aware that the foreign community understands and wants to recycle. If you have any ideas or suggestions please e mail Carolina at email@example.com]