FAORLC nominated for Chilean Recycling Award

Wed, 04/12/13

2013 was a year of recycle, reduce and reuse for staff at the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAORLC) in Santiago, Chile.

In October their hard work was recognized with a ”Recycla E-WASTE 2013” award granted by a national foundation devoted to environmental awareness in Chile.

The ”Recycla E-WASTE 2013” is an annual award that recognizes the efforts of companies and institutions in reducing the problem of electrical and electronic waste, thereby lowering the harm caused to the environment.
The nomination was made for the work FAORLC has done, recycling a total of 4.5 tonnes of old and unused computers.


This is just one of a series of measures undertaken by FAO in Santiago since 2012.

Other initiatives include: 

  • Reduction of 47% in paper usage from 2011 to 2013 by changing the print preferences in all computers
  • Recycling of 350 kg per month in glass, paper, cardboard, tetrapack, cans and plastic bottles
  • Reduction of organic waste by implementation of a compost bin in the garden.
  • The “Green Team” is working to improve office energy efficiency in lighting, heating and air conditioning of the building. The first project will install high efficiency lighting.
  • Training sessions for staff in “Recycling tips”, “How to reduce paper consumption”, “How to reduce electric consumption” and “Composting at home”.

There has been so much involvement of FAO staff and consultants that sister agencies are asking to participate in various initiatives.

Most recently, in November, FAORLC hosted the annual award of the National Campaign “Feed Your Imagination”. This award is given to schoolchildren who demonstrate innovation using tetrapack as recycling material

RLC believes that this is just the beginning, because what they have achieved so far has just been the selection of the “low hanging fruit”. There are plenty of opportunities for the future. Ideas include transforming their cafeteria into a zero waste cafeteria, managing their patio garden in an agro-ecological manner and even working with other UN agencies in Chile to create an urban orchard!