One Man’s Drive To Recycle

Even drip tape can be put to good use
BY: ALE BORBOLLA

Drip tape is used as a cheap solution for watering crops. It’s a skinny, .008 inch thick tube made from class 3 PVC. They are plastic tubes that are placed in crops to water the plants without watering weeds, and saving lots of money and lots of work in the fields. A 10,000 foot roll sells for less than 200 dollars, and can not be reused. Once the drip tape has served it’s purpose in one crop rotation, it has to be removed before the fields are prepared for the next crop. Every year in Cabo alone, seven million feet of drip tape makes the inevitable journey to landfills. And, drip tape takes about 100 years to disintegrate. We know a guy who timed it.

But, a company named Eco Palapa and shade found a handy dandy way to re purpose used drip tape, turning it into sheets of material that can be used to build palapas, fences, and furniture at this point and they are still looking for more uses.

The only other solution that has been found is to burn drip tape, which releases toxic fumes, contaminating the air and atmosphere.

The man behind the project is Vaughn Ermoyan, a retired marine living at La Ribera. His team consists entirely of senoras, and he has taught the ladies how to weld and use machinery they would have most likely only seen their husbands use, bringing home some good income. They have all learned together, as more projects pop into the creative mind of Uncle Von. That’s what the senoras call him.