City of Rio Grande do Sul buys rubbish from the population and money received can be used in organic fairs

Called green dick, the sale of organic waste happens through a social currency created in Santiago – RS.

The small town of Santiago located in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul has created a social currency that is impacting the organic waste collection process, according to Mídia Ninja.

In addition to benefiting the environment by controlling some of the rubbish produced by the city, the Pila Verde social currency can be considered a project of solidarity economy, promoting warmth for the local economy.

Created just three months ago, Pila Verde is used in an ecosystem of organic fertilizer production that connects rural producers to the organic waste produced by the people of Santiago, Brazil.

Social currency

The social currency Pila Verde de Santiago – RS was created to monetize the collection of organic waste, until then it was disposed of through common rubbish. Thus, in addition to collecting the rubbish, the project finances the production of organic fertilizer at a reduced price for local rural producers.

According to the proposal, the municipal government of Santiago, Brazil, pays 1 unit of green cock for every 5 kilos of organic waste sold by residents. And each unit of social currency is equivalent to R$ 1.

The money created in the city can be used in organic fairs, thus sustaining the functioning of the green cock created in that city. Farmers can buy organic fertilizer from the city through the social currency.

Residents receive green cock social money (Reproduction/Prefecture of Santiago)

In an interview with Mídia Ninja, Dan Martins, who is the municipality’s waste coordinator, explains that any organic waste can be taken to the collection station created for the green cock project.

„People will be able to sell fruit skins, vegetables and mate grass, which is a tradition of the gaucho taking a lot of chimarrão and represents a large slice of organic waste.“

Green Dick

The green dick is able to sustain the entire production chain through the collection of organic waste when used by farmers to buy organic fertilizer produced by the Municipality of Santiago – RS.

The fertiliser ‚financed‘ by the green dick is sold to farmers for R$30 a ton, which is three times less than other suppliers of the product in the region, where each ton of fertiliser can cost R$90.

The waste coordinator from Santiago, state of Rio Grande do Sul, says there is a „row of producers“ waiting for the organic fertilizer produced by the social currency project.

„We have a queue of producers waiting for fertilizer, which should be zero by the end of the month, when we will serve everyone.

In this way, the social currency represents savings not only for the farmer, but also for the administration of the gaucho city. According to the city’s survey, until then the city paid R$ 0.50 for each kilo of rubbish collected.

With the program of social money green dick, besides promoting the local economy, the city of Santiago – RS developed a project that protects the environment. In three months more than 3,000 green dicks have been distributed, and the process of collecting organic waste is to be extended to other neighborhoods in Santiago, in addition to other cities in the future.