17 Jul '12, 5am

Brazilian City Offers Vegetables in Exchange for Trash

Brazilian City Offers Vegetables in Exchange for Trash

In many urban centers throughout the world, vibrant waste recycling programs aren't just eco-minded niceties, they serve an essential role in keeping communities clean and clutter-free. But thanks to one forward-thinking initiative in the Brazilian city of Jundiaí , trading in trash has never been tastier. Ten years ago, the city's Municipal Utilities department launched "Delicious Recycling ", a program aimed at encouraging residents to get into the habit of collecting recyclable waste in exchange for fresh vegetables, grown locally in a public-run garden -- and boy did it take off. Today, the garden boasts more than 30 thousand plants to meet the demand of thousands of veggie-loving recyclers, turning aluminum cans and plastic bottles into edible greens. Ultimately, the program has done wonders for the health of the environment as well, by ridding the city of improperly ...

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