As part of environmental actions from the San José Municipal
Government’s Río María Aguilar Hydrographic Basin
Program a recyclable materials collection center was created
with quite positive outcomes. Through the inclusion of a
number of initiatives, participation from more than 600 users
was encouraged, including Costa Rica’s most recognized
recycling industry businesses. The first recycling center’s creation
was proposed in 2007, a joint action on the part of
the San José Municipal Government and the Instituto Nacional
de Aprendizaje (acronym in Spanish: INA). The Japanese
government’s JICA agency was invited to bring its specialists
in the field to collaborate on the center’s design.
The program consists of planning and a six-year execution
plan for urban forestation in San José’s central canton featuring
forest species and shrubs that work with the realities
of San José’s climatic and topographical realities. Designed
to offer enhanced quality of life to city residents alongside
an improved urban aesthetic through CO2 absorption.
The plan was developed as part of an agreement with the
CyMA-GIZ (German Ministry of Health and Cooperation)
and undertakes actions to develop complete management
systems in order to reduce waste generation, foster separation,
monetization and proper handling. The plan encompasses
a number of strategic guidelines for collection, reuse,
final disposal, regulations, technological changes, monitoring,
evaluation and environmental education.
Timeframe: Ongoing, regular work
Investment: US$ 2750
Reponses provided to environmental complaints surrounding
illegal dumping, industrial emissions controls and solid
waste management issues within different economic and
A covenant struck between the municipal government and
Costa Rica’s National University. Part of seven years of ongoing
air-quality and water-body-quality measurement in San
José’s central canton. Based on water-quality measurement
actions in surface bodies (rivers and ravines) that originate
or traverse the area. Climate change issues were incorporated
into the agenda in 2012.
The Municipality of San José has reported 1 government operational inventory, since 2011. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2011, the Transport is identified as key emission source.