La Ladrillera, like so many rural villages, stuggles with the issue of trash; how to dispose of it, where to go with it. Many villages burn their trash, polluting the air with chemicals from plastic and rubber. FLF has implemented a program to reduce trash by recycling it into Bottle Bricks - or Eco-ladrillos. This is not a novel idea, rural villages world-wide are adopting similar programs to re-use waste by creating building materials. It works like this:
FLF offers villagers incentives to collect and make bottle bricks. Nicolas Yax, our home builder, inspects and accumulates the bottle bricks and is building community benches and a seating wall surrounding the town plaza using bottle bricks. The town is getting cleaner and more beautiful everyday.