Bogotá better for new attitude in City Hall


Five years ago, Frigorífico Guadalupe slaughterhouse dumped 5.5 tons of animal waste in Bogotá’s municipal landfill and into the Bogotá River. Stomach fluids from cattle and pigs containing disease-producing bacteria flowed into the river’s mélange of other contaminants. Animal feces fouled the Bogotá’s banks. But Colombia’s largest slaughterhouse has changed its ways as part of a promising new conservation movement involving municipal and corporate collaboration. A $500,000 wastewater treatment plant is up and running, and composting converts 90% of the company’s solid waste into fertilizer for sale to flower and potato growers. While insisting that the pollution reductions came as a result of their own initiative, company executives credit a more sophisticated and cooperative approach by city environmental authorities in improving Bogotá’s embattled ecosystems... [Log in to read more]

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