Community involvement is integral to this project. Ricar, the project leader, has been discussing this project with the local community in Montezuma, Costa Rica for over a year, and building connections there for several years prior. This project has benefitted from the expertise of local builders and engineers who have provided insights as to the designs and materials to use. To implement each phase requires the support and participation of the local community, who is becoming more and more interested and involved. Local establishments have welcomed the presence of simple receptacles with hand-written signage to help collect plastics of the desired shapes and sizes.
Youth have volunteered their time collecting and sorting plastics into their categories for ease of use. Leaders in the active artist community in town have become inspired to learn more, volunteer, and encourage others to support. Ricar has also had several meetings with government officials and leaders of local Costa Rican organizations who have expressed interest in supporting this project. The groundwork has been laid with organizations and government agencies early on so that they will be ready to help with any infrastructure design or permits that may be needed in Phase 2 or 3. Collaboration with organizations and individuals is also helping people learn more about this growing project, inspiring those who may be able to help with their time, money, and connections.