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Cateura landfill
Coordinates: 25°19′39″S 57°38′38″W / 25.32750°S 57.64389°W / -25.32750; -57.64389

Cateura is the name of the landfill of Asunción, created in 1984 by the municipality of the capital of Paraguay, whose name comes from the Cateura lagoon, which is located near the property, private access, which has become landfill.[1]

Its name is also associated with the surrounding community, which are the San Miguel, Republicano, San Cayetano, Santa Ana, Villa Colorada, Bañado Sur and Tacumbú neighborhoods,[2] which are flood zones, near the Paraguay River, located mainly to the south of Asuncion.[3]

Since September 2005,[4] the Cateura landfill is managed by Empo Ltda. And Associates, a concessionaire of the Municipality of Asunción, for the final disposal of solid waste.[5] In the farm work associations of "hookers", as they are called the recyclers who use a hook to remove the rubbish.[6]

The Cateura landfill has become famous by the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, and its documentary Landfill Harmonic (2015).[7] The original project was created in 2006 with the music school "Sonidos de Cateura", founded by the "Procicla" recycling program of the NGO Alter Vida, in partnership with the community program "Sounds of the Earth", of the association Tierranuestra.[8] While the recycled instruments began with materials of Cateura, but in the workshop of lutería of "Sounds of the Earth", in the neighborhood New City of Asunción, to six kilometers of the landfill.[9] "Sounds of the Earth" it was created in 2002, by Luis Szaran.[10]

When the former academic coordinator of "Sounds of the Earth", Favio Chávez, was dismissed in October 2011;[11] appropriated "Sounds of Cateura" and the project of recycled instruments, and in July 2012 announced its disengagement from the original program.[12] Currently, Favio Chavez is reported for alleged lack of transparency in the administration of donations, by original members of the community project.[13]


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  2. ^ "» PROCICLA. Empresa inclusiva para el reciclaje. » geAm".
  3. ^ "Unas 55.000 personas viven en los bañados de Asunción - Economía - ABC Color".
  4. ^ "Empo Ltda y Asociados". Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  5. ^ "Problema de basura lleva 26 años sin solución en el vertedero Cateura - Locales - ABC Color".
  6. ^ "La sacrificada vida de gancheros de Cateura para ganarse el sustento - Locales - ABC Color".
  7. ^ "Landfill Harmonic: A story of creativity, hope, and endurance [Interview]".
  8. ^ "Gancheros de Cateura fabrican guitarras con madera reciclada".
  9. ^ "Jóvenes músicos en el Marechal - Espectáculos - ABC Color".
  10. ^ "Culture".
  11. ^ "Sonidos de la Tierra on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-27.[user-generated source]
  12. ^ "Jóvenes de Cateura van a Panamá con la orquesta de reciclados".
  13. ^ "Diario HOY | "Lo que recauda la Orquesta de Reciclados va al bolsillo de Favio Chávez", denuncian". 13 February 2017.

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