Skip to content

Rural Waste Management

Overview

Waste is only waste until we waste it.

Pollution in rural areas is prevalent as a result disconnection from municipal services. Mf’s Regenerative Rural Waste Management project is geared to inspire and sensibilize communities from the Tamishyacu-Tahuayo on the importance of recycling to minimize trash, composting practices for regeneration, and environmental contamination awareness.
Since 2023, MF has created a circular economy based on recycling which contributes to fund organizational operations and created a highly efficient compost station.
Both methods have decreased pollution generated from tourism and rural communities.

Objectively, we seek to Implement a consistent, intercommunal sensibilization campaign that fuels a circular economy based on recyclable waste and composting systems. We want create cash flow from waste to contribute to community member participants to increase stream of revenue options in rural areas.
The Regenerative Rural Waste Management project aims to scale a successful waste management framework from the Lodge to local communities by segregating waste and surge a new market for communal autonomy.

.

Impact

Social Empowerment. How? Well, trash is generated in all corners of civilization in the Amazon; a place where nature is honoured as it directly effects families’ wellbeing and is regarded as the protagonist of local’s belief system. This intercommunal waste management project envisions to create an innovative market to proactively protect the natural world, that members of the community can participate. Over a long period of time, we can empower local’s value system.

Environment Pollution is one of the biggest issues in Iquitos, the biggest city in the Amazon Rainforest. Even though our efforts are geared towards rural towns off of the Amazon River, waste, if lucky, is disposed in the municipal landfill, located inside the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reseve. Muyuna Foundation seeks to involve all the Yanayacu River communities, touristic resorts and cruises, and larger towns off of the Amazonian River in the Tamishyacu-Tahauyo reserve, to extend the landfill’s life expectancy of the city.

Education & Youth Development This project involves a critical educational component for influencing positive reinforcement in learning to do differently and more responsibly than before. In the forefront of this initiative is education. The younger generation in rural communities are highly sensitized about the current environmental crisis due to the times and their spirituality aspiring nature’s well-being. MF strives to legitimize the local youth group “Regenerators of Yanayacu,” by positioning them as leaders in their communities waste management implementation.

Voluntourism – All who come and join our initiative will not only have the opporunity to make a positive impact in mitigating trash from unregulated landfills, but the youth who dreams to learn and participate in cleaning their beloved enviornment will be moved, motivated to further your impact.

Tasks

One day at a time:

We are finishing getting our house in order. In addition to our highly functional internal composting program, the foundation is currently upstarting a recycling program with the Lodge and neighbouring community, San Juan de Yanayacu. This phase we call: Learning by doing. As we sensitize the staff and our neighbours in segregating waste successfully, the proper methodology can be developed.

Current:

  • Segregating recyclable and compostable waste and putting them into sustainable waste systems at the Lodge
  • Evaluating segregated trash with different recycling suppliers
  • Preparing composting operations in Lodge for upcoming high-touristic season, as well as communal applications
  • Peruvian recycling market research
  • Implementing sustainably-focused Muyuna Lodge operations and logistics management to become waste free
  • Monitoring quality of trash segregation processes at various collection points
  • Sensibilization campaigns in Lodge and neighbouring riverside communities
  • Designing a circular economic framework and solid waste management system to increase capacity of segregated waste collection
Scope

The impact of these sustainable waste management tactics goes far and near. Currently, we are empowering those nearest to us, their efforts although relatively small, are destined to eventually inspire a great environmental and social impact.

Tourism Innovation

Compost, Recycling & Effective Waste Management

Recently, Muyuna Lodge is participating in sensibilization campaigns and starting to segregate their waste: non-recycables, recycables, and compostables. The team of Muyuna Foundation is consistently engaging in versitile sensibilization efforts as behavioural change demands authentic engagement where participant’s value system is represented throughout the cultural shift. This process, although difficult, has showed many signs for success and progress since starting this sustainable waste management initaitve.

  • 4 classified recyable materiales are actively collected and transferred to recycling center: tetra-pack, paper, plastic, metals
  • 7 tons of rich compost generated
  • 100% waste-free Lodge initiative is currently undertaken by Muyuna Foundation

Enviornmental Conservation & Amazonian Resilience

The Sustainable Rural Waste Management project aims to focus on educating rural Amazonian community participants in the ACR Tamishyacu-Tahuayo to control their trash into viable and sustainable means of disposal. Muyuna Foundation is learning to best design waste sensbilization campagins to succuessfully facilatate this environmental conservation tactic. Town by town, we aim to increase our capacity by initiating local circular economies based on utilizing waste output. As a response to communal participaction, the collective effort will have a significant effect in minimizing enviornmental degredation, river contamination, rainforest pollution, and an increased envionrnmental impact by the reservation’s commitiment in protecting the Amazon rainforst.

  • 2 ACR Tamishyacu – Tahauyo riverside communites are currently undergoing the Sustainable Rural Waste Management project
  • 1 ton of recyclables are currently being collected in the Yanayacu River basin and mitigated from the local degenerated landfill

Youth Development

The Amazonian riverside community youth we have encountered are by far the most enthusiastic participants of Muyuna Foundation’s Sustainable Rural Waste Management project. We count with this excitement to keep community elders motivated in actively trying to change their life-long relationship with generated trash. As a result of this social effect, Muyuna Foundation coordinates reusable material arts & crafts workshops, riverside community clean-ups, and voluntourism activities centred on environmental education. During our community engagement, we came across the self-acclaimed environmental youth group named “The Regenerators of Yanayacu,” and have been so inspired by their work that we now include them as part of our team in Muyuna Foundation, as local environmental activists and educators.

  • 1 financed enviornemtnal youth group
  • 9 public categorized trash bin implemented in San Juan de Yanayacu, planning a sensibilization campaign to assist their waste management system

Our efforts look like this