FAQ #14 – What About TRASH PICKUP & RECYCLING In Ecuador?

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.


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