Responsible and effective Citizen Action

A few weeks ago, I participated in the presentation of the Barna Business School Case study about Grupo Puntacana’s Zero Waste program. The business case, entitled “How a private company manages waste to protect the environment,” explores our company’s experience designing and implementing one of the first and largest integrated solid waste management systems in the Dominican Republic. Today, more than 50% of all the waste produced by Grupo Puntaca and its related companies, sometimes as much as 30 tons a day, is repurposed as recyclable material, compost, animal feed or reused locally.Probably the most interesting moment of the event came during the question and answer section, when a representative of the Ministry of Environment of the Dominican Republic, specifically the person charged with oversight of solid waste, asked me this question:

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