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Recyclers join forces to help those in need

16 May 2014

Recently, Executives Without Borders worked with a broad coalition to create a unique program in Haiti. This program, Ramase Lajan, helps build critical skills, provides needed income and increases recycling. 

Ramase lajan, the Creole phrase that literally translated means “picking up money,” is a program that sets up recycling buyback centers for plastic bottles. 

In Haiti discarded plastic containers are everywhere. They fill the streets and clog streams and canals. The plastic containers often cause the streams and canals to overflow, sending bacteria- and cholera-infected water into homes and communities. 

Ramase Lajan is a program built on the relationships among recycling companies and nonprofilt organizations. It creates buyback centers across Haiti, increasing opportunities for Haitians to have competitive paying jobs to provide for their families, cleanup the streets and streams and help reduce the spread of disease from unsafe water. 

Here’s how it works:
1. Sponsors buy a buyback center and donate it to an organization to operate.
2. Haitians collect plastic and sell it to a Ramase Lajan center at a fair market price. 
3. The center sorts the plastic, which is sent to ISRI and BIR member Haiti Recycling for processing. 

Many in the recycling industry are joining the movement to promote this program with the goal of sponsoring four new centers in 2014. The effort is being organized by Haiti Recycling, US Shredder and the Recycling Today Media Group. 

If you or your company is interested in supporting this effort, please contact Bill Tigner ([email protected]) or Jim Keefe ([email protected]) to learn more. You also can watch a video of the powerful impact this program is having here.