TriCiclos Green Points as a solution for an educational, effective, efficient and certifiable recycling for 90% of the Domestic

TriCiclos Green Points as a solution for an educational, effective, efficient and certifiable recycling for 90% of the Domestic

Organization type: 
for profit
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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In a few years I want in the places where I have acted, the children ask the adults: "It is true that before everything was thrown a black bag and threw it into a hole far from here? And people bought things without thinking about how much nature was asked for produce it?

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Grassroots recyclers usually have very low employability. It costs to formalize their work from unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Students are often exploited by their need to receive payment. Both groups are given the possibility of regularizing a salary much greater than is usually paid in waste management, physical security and labor hours and the ability to educate others that are also environmentally responsible. The people who visit us are motivated to recycle, but can not find options for doing so. Triciclos offers a solution that feed back data, certainties, education, and invites them to generate less waste. They are inspired and "virally promote" the service. Companies that see the opportunity to hire us to move from intention to action with practical tools for sustainability. The authorities have begun to see in our actions in a sustainability activities lab where the solutions have three eyes, so looking to be environmentally, socially and economically balanced. The community sees in us the possibility of becoming agents of change, either to recycle 90% of their waste or because they understand how to manage their consumption choices in order to modify current production systems. We provoke a critical mass of responsible consumers

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

First develop infrastructure using discarded shipping containers equipped with the necessary machinery to convert them in waste recovery plants such as the industrial ones. And we put an attractive image for children and adults so that they are proud of the community. WE structured a way of working with waste recycling so not only the most expensive or the easiest to recognize are recycled. We work with 90% of the residues of any family, so that the positive environmental impact is high. We do not know anyone else who is taking that approach. Green Points are only opened a competent person from Tricyclos, who is able to teach the community about the types of materials, giving tips on responsible consuption, explaining the virtues of recycling, ensuring the materials destination, and operating the plant in an efficient, effective, clean and safe way. As a first priority we seek to employ former grassroots recyclers, as we believe this is the way to give them a formal job, that is safe, in hygienic conditions, and in turn enhance their specific knowledge and in turn making them environmental educators. As a second option we hire college students. We go straight from the hand of the mill consumer processor, encouraging all actors in the chain to question their role and change in a positive way.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

In our country, like many others, recycling is a highly valued but full of questions and inefficiencies that hinder its proper development. In some areas recycling is done in the same landfill, questioning its effectiveness, it is managed by the managers of trash, few materials are recycled, or it is done by vulnerable people in an informal manner, full of risks and focusing only in those materials with economic value. What we have done is to bring activity to the citizens, so that recycling is an education instance and to promote responsible consumption. So people recognize the materials you are asking for nature, they can make sustainable purchasing decisions, and to ensure the destination of the waste once discarded. In TriCiclos we prodce a more sustainable, enjoyable, effective and efficient infrastructure that receives over 20 types of materials, train the people who manage and educate, and we take care of the materials are recycled, so that monthly we report to the community on the kilos and eco equivalence of our actions.
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How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

From an early age I was taught that the privileges received are the responsibility of others.
In my work I tried running several companies to help organizations to become more balanced. And in turn I got involved with NGOs, especially childhood cancer, human development and the environment.
With the belief that the world must alter its course I saw that I could do more to make this change to be better. So I decided to resign my position as CEO and founding a company that generates value environmentally, socially and economically balanced way. Offering opportunities to take action and generate sustainable habits.
Triciclos (3 cycles of sustainability) provides tools for action. We want to inspire the authorities and help citizens improve their habits. We believe in our ability to generate partnerships, to motivate entrepreneurs to bring together worlds that do not naturally talk, provide ideas to governments to support civil society organizations and delivering innovation to the education of our country. Ultimately, we want to be a reference value for society from our belief in the need to move towards sustainability based on actions that become sustainable habits.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

There are now 3 Green Points in Sodimac, another in a rural area of the Municipality of Colina, and one in an industrial complex. Two of them with schools that provide materials and support environmental education of their students.
Triciclos employs 29 people directly and another 15 indirectly.
In each Green Point visits by people who take their material is recorded, having reached more than 6592 visitors during the month of May 2011.
We recycle more than 64 tons per month, equivalent to saving 78,765 kwh, 314 trees, 20,916 liters of oil, 554,040 liters of water and 198 tons of CO2 each month.
Triciclos develops courses, workshops and educational talks in kindergartens, schools, universities, corporations, governments and NGOs. In each of these instances of people who were educated are recorded.
Triciclos now allows many people to change their ways around consumption and waste. This not only shows that we can easily reduce waste by 90% of any house, but that the resources now available to municipalities could mean that between 15 and 35% of the budgets would be available to Health, Education, Housing, Poverty, Food and many other issues of high urgency.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001- 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

This year we hope to increase to 3 the Green Points in Colina and more than 5 at Sodimac.
With Sodimac we hope to establish the first recycling centers in regions.
At the same time we are working with Chilean universities to set up this solution in some of its campus, with three mining companies who are evaluating the installation of Green Points in the copper extraction tasks in coordination with the company that provides food services .
We have established agreements to install Tricycles in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica, California and Uruguay.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

A major barrier has to do with the current structure of waste management. Municipalities and companies hire managers in perverse garbage dynamic for the environment.
The waste disposal rates in Chile is U.S. $ 25/ton, while in an OECD country is usually around U.S. $ 60/ton.
The rates are reversed, so that the municipalities cannot afford to reduce 10 or 20% of the waste. And they decided to target cost reductions greater than 30% because it involves a huge educational effort.
Moreover, Chile has the idea that recycling is done by social causes. So first is expected to help a marginalized group, and a second effect to generate positive environmental impacts. It is difficult to get the community to understand them as separate issues, both very important, but that recycling requires an environmental focus.
The value chain of recycling gas very narrow margins. We need to invest in education and culture generation as the main form of access volumes that impact the actual cost of waste disposal. So an obstacle to solve it is that the initial financial analysis shows an immediate increase in production costs of the cultural program and the implementation of the recycling system. But in the medium and long-term solution pays for itself by way of volumes collected.
Once we start getting higher volumes, we implement projects that improve upcycling the value chain, especially for materials of lower current value.
This barrier costs months or years to overcome. It requires a significant degree of perseverance, flexibility, persuasion and ability to motivate and inspire the company and / or authority.

Tell us about your partnerships

Triciclos has national partnerships with Geociclos ( for mass composting at home, with GREENCAP ( for training in vulnerable sectors in the north, with Fundación Casa de la Paz (www.casadelapaz . cl) for their role in participation and conflict resolution, with Verdé to use this online tool in Chile, with the Community Solidarity Organizations ( to increase the social impact of our act.
And internationally, with the installation Emprendia Triciclos in Argentina, with Giral for Brazil, with P3-ventures to Costa Rica, Colombia Aliso Foundation, and International Channel for California.

Explain your selections

Triciclos currently is funded 100% by the sale of products and services associated with the eco-efficiency, recycling and environmental education.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Local Growth in Chile. We expect to reach 10 Green Points and increase the sale of services to consolidate the break-even point by 2011.
Internationalization. Triciclos aims to start in at least one country during 2011, in partnership with a local partner. While we are clear that our solution has a global impact, we believe the model adaptation to local realities is key.
Consolidation of local and international alliances. Rather than developing capabilities internally, we want to grow together with proven partners who share our core values.

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Need for regulatory/policy support


Restrictive cultural norms



Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The usual management of waste is usually associated with jobs of questionable dignity. Triciclos is ahead of the times, it changed working conditions so workers don’t have to work with garbage (dirt, lack of hygiene, insecurity, etc), but with raw materials supplied by the one who is throwing the material away. So by proposing a world with "zero waste" we are proposing to regulate the dignity of the worker who handles recyclable waste to become raw materials.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.


Grown geographic reach: Multi-country


Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs


Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Operational improvements. Analysis of materials and value chains to encourage changes in the design of packaging and reducing consumption. Constant search for value-added uses for materials of low or no commercial value. And our team is working closely with other target audience to understand their needs and increase the shared value.
Business plan for achieving business goals. 10 Green Points in Chile and consolidation of the cash flow breakeven in 2011
Internationalization plan. Advanced negotiations in Colombia and Brazil.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, NGOs/Nonprofits.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

No doubt that collaboration between institutions from different sectors that pursue a common goal are always beneficial.