Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan


San Jose, Costa Rica


Legislation in Costa Rica mandating recycling in government organizations has required the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to recycle paper. ICE was interested in constructing a recycling plant to produce a paper product for sale on the market. We determined the financial feasibility of this project using four separate cost-benefit analyses. Several situations were considered to determine the quantity of paper waste required for this project to become profitable. Ultimately, we recommended that ICE does not construct a recycling plant at this time. Additionally, ICE should maintain its agreement with Kimberly-Clark while increasing paper collection rates and searching for smaller-scale recycling equipment.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica