Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

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