We are delighted to announce that the award-winning WasteAid toolkit for community waste management, Making Waste Work, is now available in Spanish: Residuos Útiles: Una caja de herramientas.

The WasteAid toolkit is a free online guide to setting up simple waste management systems and small recycling businesses.

Since it was first published in October 2017, people in more than 200 countries have visited the toolkit and found advice and ideas for managing waste sustainably in their community.

A fantastic team of volunteers has now completed the first translation of the WasteAid toolkit, bringing low-cost and low-tech waste management knowledge to Spanish speakers across the globe.

WasteAid would like to thank:

Adrienne Wiebe, International Projects Manager at Canadian not-for-profit organisation, Change for Children, for initiating and facilitating phase I of the translation, and to international intern Luis Briones from Mexico for his support in the revision of the translation to Spanish.

Professor Odile Cisneros of the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and her team of students: Brad England, Karah Folk, Hebert Forcade, Robin Forgues, Kimberly Gorgichuk, Dominic Keehn, Juan Minota, Sofía Monzón Rodríguez, Daniela Cardona Ángel and Katerina Doige for starting the translation process.

Diana M. Rodriguez V. for the full and technical translation to Spanish, project management, and for the final revision of the Spanish version of the Toolkit.

Thanks also to the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management for funding the original WasteAid toolkit, and to the International Solid Waste Association for the publication award in 2018.

Residuos Útiles: Una caja de herramientas is available to download for free at https://learn.wasteaid.org/toolkit/residuos-utiles/

The English version of the WasteAid toolkit can be found at www.wasteaid.org/toolkit

Project manager for the translation: Diana M. Rodríguez V.

Diana has worked in international development in countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on environmental and social aspects of waste management. Starting at the Colombian national government and then as a part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Diana has experience in developing policy and regulations for the waste sector, with a focus on achieving social co-benefits. She has worked on the development of research studies and on the implementation of projects focused on grassroots recycling organizations and their inclusion into formal waste management systems. Diana has also supported the preparation, execution and monitoring of infrastructure projects for the waste management sector.

Diana is an Environmental Engineer and holds a MSc. in Environmental Sciences with a major in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).

Rubén Feliciano, Coordinator of the Maya-Mam Association for Research and Development AMMID, Comitancillo, Guatemala said: “The AMMID Association works to promote good living – tb’anel chwinqlal – of the Maya-Mam people in the region of Comitancillo. One of our focuses is the defence of Mother Earth – Qtxu Tx’otx’ – and the sustainable management of natural resources in coordination with other expressions of struggle to protect the environment. We are very concerned because solid waste is generating pollution of the soil, forest, water and air and is putting the health and life of new generations at risk. For this reason, we are interested in the Spanish version of the Community Handbook and hope to test some of these ideas soon.”

Rubén Feliciano, Coordinador de la Asociación Maya-Mam de Investigación y Desarrollo AMMID,  Comitancillo, Guatemala: “Como Asociación AMMID contribuimos al ejercicio del buen vivir/ tb’anel chwinqlal de nuestro pueblo Maya Mam de Comitancillo y dentro de nuestras acciones está la defensa de la Madre Tierra Qtxu Tx’otx’ y la gestión de los bienes naturales en articulación con otras expresiones de lucha. Estamos muy preocupados porque los desechos sólidos están generando contaminación del suelo, bosque, agua y aire y está poniendo en riesgo la salud  y la vida de las nuevas generaciones.  Por lo mismo,  estamos  interesados  en la versión en Español del Manual de la Comunidad y esperamos poner a prueba algunas de estas ideas pronto”.

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