Los Llanos, Guerrero, Mexico
The Azulita Project is an innovative program in the rural town of Los Llanos, Guerrero, Mexico, located approximately 37 km north of the city of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast.
Los Llanos, population 845, is somewhat of a hub for several nearby mountain towns and beach communities. The local economy is rooted in agriculture—primarily coconuts and mangos—and is supplemented by ocean fishing and tourism.
Playa Saladita is a beach community about 3km from Los Llanos. Fishing plays an important role in this community, and its beautiful beaches offer top-class surfing.
The Azulita Project recycling program positively impacts more than 100 km of Pacific Ocean shoreline. Before the project began incentivizing plastic collection, waste was burned or discarded in open pits. Now this plastic is safely removed from the environment and recycled.