The existence of long-accumulated products in storage warehouses has led to significant costs of leasing and collecting solid waste for the Rum Factory Santiago de Cuba. This prompted to find a solution and as part of the implementation of the Life and Ordering Tasks, a program was developed to bring added value to idle or slow-moving products.
All goods that were not reusable in the industry were made available to alternative productions. Thus began a production chain between local industries which contributes to the import substitution and the economic development of the province.
In this regard, agreements were created with the Cuban Fund of Cultural Goods and Local Industries to which materials were sold for reuse in handcrafted items. The Food Industry and Domestic Trade Industry benefitted with containers of cardboard, nylon and paper to guarantee the continuity in the delivery of foods to the population.
This project was not only conceived with an economical approach, but also from a social point of view. The linkage of the women's correctional system and the provincial education system to the project led to the generation of jobs and the production of toys and teaching articles for the city's kindergantens and schools.
Among the most relevant contributions of the program implemented by the Rum Factory Santiago de Cuba is the development of human capital and the environmental impact. One way or another, all factory workers were involved and left their mark on making decorative items based on recycled products.
Likewise, the disuse of potentially useful materials was prevented, the consumption of new raw materials and energy was reduced, air (through incineration) and water pollution (through landfills) were reduced, as well as greenhouse gas emissions compared to plastics production.
NOTE: The official presentation of this program toprovide added value to idle or slow-moving products occurred during the visit made to the Rum Factory Santiago de Cuba by managers of Cuba Ron S.A. and the Ministry of the Food Industry, as well as the First Rum Master and leader of the Cuban Rum Masters movement.