Los Llanos, Guerrero, Mexico Community

The Azulita Project’s Los Llanos education and plastic collection program operated from 2008 through 2018.  Challenges in the international plastic market, and other circumstances beyond our control, made it necessary to close down our waste plastic collection in August 2018.

At this time we are exploring recycling opportunities with other partners. In the meantime, we strongly encourage residents and visitors to minimize their plastic consumption and continue recycling what they can. There are recycling facilities in Lazaro Cardenas and Zihuatanejo.

The Azulita Project positively impacted more than 100 km of Pacific Ocean shoreline. The Project collected waste from beaches and waterways, and incentivized plastic recycling by purchasing waste from local residents with the goal of reducing the amount of waste burned or discarded in open pits.

In Los Llanos, the Azulita Project:

  • Incentivized buy-back of used plastics

  • Built and placed recycling bins throughout the community

  • Sorted and compressed plastic into bales

  • Sourced to responsible third-party buyers

  • Educated and engaged local youth

  • Encouraged local businesses to be responsible about plastic use

About Los Llanos:

The rural town in the state of Guerrero is located approximately 37 km north of the city of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast. It has a population of only 845, but 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.