Trading Trash For Tomatoes in Mexico City

Michael J. Coren reports on a new program in Mexico City that lets residents trade their recyclable trash for credits with nearby farms.
April 25, 2012, 8am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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While connecting waste to fresh food may seem anathema to many readers, that's exactly what a new program being launched in Mexico's capital city intends to do. According to Coren, in an effort to eliminate landfills and encourage local agriculture, the "government's environmental agency recently launched the Mercado de Trueque, a barter market where recyclable materials are exchanged for fresh food to support the city's farmlands."

"The market accepts glass, paper and cardboard, aluminum beverage cans, PET plastic bottles, and returns 'green points' redeemable for agricultural products grown in and around Mexico City, including lettuce, prickly pears, spinach, tomatoes, plants, and flowers."

The program is already proving popular with local residents. "The first market, held on one Sunday this March, sold out, exchanging nearly three tons of 60 agricultural products for trash."

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Published on Monday, April 23, 2012 in Fast Company Co.Exist
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