Publication Date

2011

Degree Name

MS in Management

First Advisor

Charles Curry-Smithson

Abstract

“Of all the things that might be true about experiential education, the one thing that is unassailably true is that you can’t find out by defining it.”- John C. Huie

The management of solid waste is one of the most considerable environmental challenges facing both urban and rural areas of Honduras. This Central American country of nearly seven million people was only introduced to recycling within the last decade. Last year, an estimated 5% of all plastic bottles consumed and 7% of all aluminum cans consumed in Honduras were recycled, though not by their consumers. Widespread poverty in Honduras has forced people to make money with whatever little resources are provided to them. Within the last few years, the poorest of the poor in the large cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula recognized the collection and sale of recyclable materials as a way to generate income for their families. This concept has spread quickly to even rural villages, making recycling a substantial industry within the country. In certain cities, sub-cultures have emerged from the collection of recyclable materials as entire families and neighborhoods rely completely on scavenging and selling plastic, glass, and aluminum for their financial survival. As a result, the need to create sustainable recycling companies has emerged all over country. This research paper reveals through a case study, how to maintain a sustainable recycling company in Central America.

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Environmental Policy | Inequality and Stratification | Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods | Sustainability

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