Waste Management

Since January 2015 we have been working on this issue of common importance and public responsibility. Since then, we have launched a project for a collection point for the selective classification of waste in Minca. After having implemented the selective collection route supported by the mayor's office, we closed the collection center to strengthen awareness and infrastructure processes with the participation of some local companies, the local community action board, institutions, residents and visitors.

At this time, we are in search of financing through allies and sponsors who want to partner and collaborate with us to solve one of the biggest problems facing Minca and the Sierra Nevada: selective and organized management of waste for sustainable use and conservation of Ecosystems and water. This project seeks to reduce the amount of waste, through selective classification and the reduction of single-use plastics.

Through the implementation of a pilot proposal for the selective management of organic waste for the urbanized area of ​​Minca, it is projected to value the waste and minimize waste generated by 50%. A collaborative plan is proposed with various local allies where, based on the concepts of the circular economy, raw materials for agriculture are generated, waste is valued and waste is reduced.

If you are interested in participating, send us an email to Proyectos@misiongaia.org.


  • Reduce the amount of waste generated in Minca.
  • Collect and ensure the correct disposal of hazardous materials; such as batteries, light bulbs and oil
  • Promote the management and selective disposal of solid waste through the implementation of tools, infrastructure and raising awareness


  • We implement a test collection center, classify and transport more than 2.5 tons of recycled material.
  • Work articulated with the association of recyclers in Santa Marta "ASORRESAN", now "Asociación Santa Marta Limpia" Linking to the program Recopila for adequate battery disposal
  • We have organized several community workshops on sustainable practices, such as organic waste management
  • We have participated in more than 18 community cleanups with local residents, the Community Action Board and the police in Minca
  • We have developed educational campaigns for children and young people using art as a pedagogical tool and waste as primary material
  • We have involved public institutions such as the police and the local school and more than 14 local companies
  • We have installed a pilot cleaning point for selective waste collection We currently collect and combine used cooking oil in Minca to deliver it to Recolis. In our first 6 months of 2019 we collected 139.7 kg only in Minca!