Residents in Mexico City can now trade in trash for food in a new government initiative by the environmental agency. To try and show people the value of recycling waste materials, the agency launched a market in which people can swap their recycled waste for fresh food.
Glass bottles can be switched for tomatoes and aluminum cans exchanged for spinach or even plants and flowers. By highlighting the value of recycling goods the agency hopes to change residents' attitudes towards separating their waste materials.
The first trash for food market has already taken place with three tons of products exchanged for recycled waste. It's a clever move and one that supports a sustained way of living while also providing a new platform for the local food producers of Mexico to market their goods.