Hello! My name is Andrea. I am 17 years old. I am Ecuadorian. I live in Sangolquí, a city with a lot of biodiversity, tourist and cultural attractions. I am in my last year of high school. I like reading, art performing, also I love to dance. One of my main passions is to participate in the creation of social projects which benefit the planet and communities.Tell us what the water concern in your country is!
My country is one of the 17 megadiverse countries of the world; however our rivers are very polluted from their source. Moreover, there is a lack of drinking water in different provinces, especially on the Coast region. There is also a high percentage of pollution in the sea, due to the waste’s discharge of the fishing production.This is what I think is one of the solutions for a sustainable future:
After observing the problems in the rivers that cross our country, the implementation of an artisanal system for capturing residual waste denominated ecobarda has been proposed, which retains the floating solid waste that go down through the rivers and prevent them from ending up in the oceans.
Our project was born out of concern of the plastic waste excess present in the rivers. This project has the aim to extract plastic material from the rivers. With this objective, we have implemented an artisanal system designed to catch solid waste that we called ecobarda. Ecobarda consists in the adaptation of recycled plastic bottles or eco-blocks (full used bottles with compacted plastics), placed inside a closed (net) mesh. The ecobarda is placed across the river, it collects plastic materials that went downstream. When it has full of waste, all materials are removed, carefully classified and proper disposal is carried out. The system does not affect the riverbank wildlife. With the classified plastic a crushing process begins for the eco-blocks construction (rectangular concrete blocks), this material will be used in ecological constructions.