Trash pickup and recycling in Ecuador varies by city. However, we have seen regular trash pickup in every city and town we’ve visited.
Trash pickup is typically 3 times per week, with the days varying by neighborhood. In Cuenca, recycling is placed in blue bags that are picked up one day each week, but recycling is not common throughout most of Ecuador.
Composting is also not very common, except on rural farms. If you have a spot in your yard, you’re free to compost. There are no HOA’s or rules against it in Ecuador.
Burning of trash is not common, but it does happen in some rural areas.
Planning a move to Ecuador?
Our Ecuador Expat Fast Track eCourse is now live! Join more than 100 people who have already signed up!
Follow Us on Social Media
Get Qualified, Trustworthy Recommendations
Need help with your visa, finding a place to live, shipping a container, health insurance, private driver or something else?
We're happy to introduce you to our trusted and qualified service providers in Ecuador!
News & Current Events from Ecuador
Every Friday, we send an email with current expat-relevant news from Ecuador (in English). It contains the latest information about covid, travel restrictions & guidelines, government actions, volcanoes, flooding, crime, and more. Basically, anything significant from the prior week that affects expats. We don't share this information ANYWHERE ELSE!
In addition, you'll also gain immediate access to our Ecuador Cost of Moving & Living Calculator. And it now contains a Low Budget Cost of Living option.
Get Even More Guidance!
Want to be an expat? You're not alone! We have a supportive community of current and future expats who are eager to share their experiences, answer questions and provide support to help take the mystery out of your move.
While we provide a lot of extra value for your membership, the real benefit is the support your contribution offers to us. Your generosity and reciprocity helps us continue creating more videos, articles and content about expats and Ecuador!