Guatemala School Built With Trash and Plastic Bottles as Construction Material

January 7, 2010 / No Comments

guatemala school from trash Guatemala School Built With Trash and Plastic Bottles as Construction Material

A school in Guatemela stands as an example of how trash can be put to good use, and create pocket friendly structures. Built in the village of Granados in central Guatemala, this school made use of the abundant plastic waste in the surroundings, using the trash in its construction. The idea was put forward by Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner, and local community volunteers from Hug It Forward came ahead to help in creating the school, with a modest amount of $3000.

Over 4000 plastic bottles were collected and stuffed with as much trash as they could hold. In the second step, these bottles were sandwiched between chicken wire, and spaces between the bottles were filled with plastic bags. As the final touch, a few layers of concrete and sand mixture were put up and painted in a vibrant orange color to complete the construction of the school.
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Source: Jetson Green