Part of the Food Policy Snapshot Series
Food Policy: The Green Exchange Program
Overview: The Green Exchange Program is a city-wide initiative where residents trade recyclable materials for fresh produce. Every four kilograms of recyclables can be traded for one kilogram of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program guarantees the sale of surplus crop production and helps to keep the environment clean by encouraging recycling efforts. A partnership between SMMA (Secretaria Municipal do Meio Ambiente) and SMAB (Secretaria Municipal do Abastecimento), two Curitiba city agencies, has created the Green Exchange Program.
Location: Curitiba, Brazil
Food policy category: Food waste prevention, reduction and management
Program Initiated: June 1991
Progress to date: By 2007 the program had recovered over 45 thousand tons of waste from ending up in landfills. Today, the program is still in existence and has developed abundantly. It now includes the Special Green Exchange Program which takes place in schools city-wide.
How it works:
Citizens do not need to register for this program; they must simply show up to exchange sites throughout the city on designated dates. Predetermined dates and times are shared with residents through an annual calendar established by the SMMA.
Why it is important:
Additional Information: The program includes educational initiatives aimed at the preservation of the environment, sustainable development and combating hunger and poverty.
Evaluation: By 1992 residents were recycling 70% of their garbage, and 2/3 of the city’s total trash is recycled. The city’s paper recycling alone saves the equivalent of 1,200 trees a day.
Point of Contact: [email protected]
Similar practices: N/A