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According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, issues such as the fight against poverty, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, remain a great challenge for the future in Peru. Our Peruvian-German interdisciplinary team with international experience in social and environmental projects aims to contribute with projects mainly in these areas of work. Thanks to alliances with local actors, these initiatives can be implemented safeguarding the quality and sustainability required.


Dessire Velez

Planning and sustainable architecture

 Dessire has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2010, she participated in installations and participatory design projects, as well as architecture in Peru and Germany, both for the private sector and for cooperation projects for development. Her passion is to design to build a sustainable future, which is why she has collaborated in various research projects related to recycling and the environment. Dessire currently leads the Reciclaje.pe team and the Recycling Center project in the Municipality of Comas, Peru.

Jonathan Lapel

Planning and architecture

Jonathan is an architect and urban planner who has worked in different architecture offices in Lima and Germany. After graduating as architect of the Catholic University of Peru in 2012 and having worked for 3 years in Peru, he received the President of the Republic Scholarship – Aleprona, to carry out a Master’s degree in Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart. Jonathan finds that there is a large deficit in design and planning in the big cities of Peru, where recycling is one of the first key steps. Jonathan will represent Reciclaje.pe in Peru.

Tobias Hahn

Planning and architecture

Tobias is an architect with extensive experience in planning and design of buildings in Peru and Germany. As a student at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, he completed a semester of exchange in Peru, which linked him to the reality of the country and later this led him to work on Peru-Germany cooperation projects for the GIZ *(German Corporation for International Cooperation). In Reciclaje.pe Tobias is part of the architecture team and a contact person with German companies and institutions.

Grecia Solis Castillo

B.Sc. in Industrial Engineer graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and M.Sc. in Air quality control, Solid waste and Waste water Process Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Grecia is a specialist in process improvement, Lean methodology, project management under PMI methodology, solid waste management and indoor/outdoor air quality control. For more than 5 years, Grecia worked as an Industrial Engineer in several Peruvian and international companies belonging to the fields of energy, banking, retail, production and logistics. This experience allowed her to know in depth the big environmental impact generated by industries. In 2018, when she was studying her master’s degree in Stuttgart, she was called in order to be part of the Recycling.pe team. Currently, Grecia is an active member of Reciclaje.pe where she works as a technical specialist in solid waste recycling and reuse processes. Also, she is a researcher at the University of Stuttgart where develops projects to measure air quality and implementation of new technologies.


Arturo Italo Salazar

Sustainable Development and Climate Change  

Arturo holds a degree in Geography & Environment and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Geography of the Environmental Risk and Human Security at the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany. Since 2011, he has been involved in several projects related to recycling as a strategy of sustainable community development in Lima´s slums. His passion is to work in the creation and strengthening of capacities of vulnerable populations in order to generate resilient communities to the effects of climate change. Arturo is responsible of generating alliances and external communication within Reciclaje.pe

Julio Ricardo Chirinos

Javier Becerra

 Javier is a chemical engineer specialized in the treatment of solid waste and domestic effluents; as well as, control of air quality. He has worked in environmental monitoring and analysis laboratories and continued with postgraduate studies at the University of Stuttgart. He currently works as a lecturer in the faculty of environmental engineering at the “Universidad Privada el Norte”, Peru. Javier is interested in the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of the environment. Javier thinks that it is essential to develop strategies oriented to minimize the negative impact of our activities on our environment. Javier provides technical support in waste management.


Based on the ecological strategy proposed in 2013 within the framework of the architecture and urbanism thesis of Dessire Velez, we are currently working on the construction of a pilot project for the efficient management of solid municipal waste in Peru. The idea is to reinforce the current management with an ‘Inclusive Recycling Centre’ open to the public, in which innovative tools for the treatment of municipal waste are introduced. At the same time, different target groups are sensitized on the potential of recycling. In Comas and in other local districts, the population, local businesses and educational institutions have been sensitized in waste segregation. This forms a basis for the next step. Our proposal considers two key aspects for the improvement of the current situation: the first being the introduction of mechanical tools for the treatment of waste. The second key aspect is the experience or direct connection between: the citizen or consumer and the waste management cycle. This will facilitate the public the possibility of becoming directly involved with this part of the cycle. Our main goal is to minimize the volume of municipal waste that is currently deposited without treatment in the few existing sanitary landfills. In this way, the pilot project can have an impact on the national environment, since it is the first initiative of its kind. A sensitive installation to local resources is planned, supplied with renewable energies and easy maintenance. Together with national and international academic partners, it will be possible to make use of the infrastructure to encourage innovation based on the efficient use of resources and the use of machinery for this sector. A series of activities prior to the pilot project are being planned with the cooperation of the City Services Management, the Environmental Management of Comas and the Peruvian NGO “Ciudad Saludable”.