All over the world, waste disposal and recycling represent viable business opportunities. Some elements are easier to recycle and the end product has a high value, while others (glass, poor quality plastics) are neither easy nor as profitable, and therefore not as appealing as a business.

In Cartagena, there is no reliable or consistent glass recycling scheme. Nor is there a facility for the disposal of organic waste for the growing tourism sector. 


We see this as an opportunity.

The minimum wage in Colombia is around $250 per month. Many of the people in Bocachica support entire families on this or much less. We estimate unemployment in our village to be 70% or higher.

An activity that might generate too small a profit to be of interest to a recycling or waste facility, could change a family's life here. 

Income from the sale of compost and garden produce, building sand from crushed glass, crafts handmade from discarded items, reuse centres and selling recyclables such as oil, card, paper, metal and plastic will provide life-changing entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for local people.

We are setting up the infrastructure  and training to make this happen. 

See our latest project here.

a peso can go a very long way

multiple income streams

In addition to income from sales of compost, garden produce, crafts and sand, Green Apple will raise funds through:

  • Monthly retainers from local restaurants for composting and kitchen garden services,

  • A per kilo charge for disposal of glass in our glass crusher,


  • Proceeds from sales of used kitchen oil, plastic, aluminium, paper and cardboard by participating businesses, 

  • Donations from participating business' clients, for example: 

    • ‘round up my bill’ to the nearest 1,000 pesos 

    • a 'Green Apple' item on the menu with a fixed donation to GA

    • optional  ‘environmental offset’ added to hotel stays, boat rides and beach days,

  • Provision of consulting services to businesses seeking to be sustainable, such as:

    • Staff training for initiating successful waste diversion programs 

    • Compliance with national sustainability legislation (NTS)


  • Special event waste management at events, movie sets & festivals,

  • Profits from sales of merchandise and souvenirs. 

As a social enterprise, it's crucial for Green Apple to secure regular and reliable income through the provision of valuable, paid-for services.


To kick-start some of our projects, we require significant funding.  Like any other not-for-profit, Green Apple actively seeks funding and donations from private individuals, businesses and government grants.