|Environmental Technologies Industries
|Venezuela Environmental Export Market Plan|
CASE STUDY: OWENS-ILLINOIS
Owens-Illinois, a U.S. company that produces glass, has been recycling in Venezuela for about 12 years. It sponsors 75 collection centers throughout the country, which include places to leave sorted recyclable
materials, as well as processing facilities that use machines such as feeder hoppers or chutes, crushers, rotary mixers, washers, trucks, and scales. Owens-Illinois has contributed to educating the public on the importance of recycling and reuse of material. While this education has led to increased awareness, the future of formal municipal programs in Venezuela is unclear due to the existence of informal recycling systems. These informal systems involve children and the poor who pick through dumps for cans to redeem them for a few bolivares. Cities could potentially face local resistance if these “income sources” are eliminated.