Obligatory Waste Treatment in Costa Rica

In February 2011 the "Ordinary Solid Waste Management Regulation" will come into force.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Regional authorities, businesses and the general population have six months to take any measures necessary to comply with the new regulation which seeks to prevent pollution and reduce pressure on Costa Rica's natural resources.

"According to the new law, authorities must 'provide containers or refuse collection facilities that enable solid waste to be collected and valued,' as well as collaborate in the implementation of public education programs to promote a culture of separated waste collection and clean public spaces as part of an integrated solid waste management system," reports Prensalibre.cr.

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Business Opportunities in Compulsory Waste Disposal

June 2010

Costa Rica's upcoming law for Solid Waste Management introduces obligations for individuals and organizations; these open a whole new array of business opportunities.

The law, which comes into effect soon, will force companies to review, and potentially reorganize its productive processes, by quantifying and analyzing the waste they cause.

Comprehensive Waste Management

April 2010

In its initial discussion, the Costa Rican Congress passed the Bill for Comprehensive Waste Management, an important achievement towards real sustainable economic development.

In a press release, the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica celebrated this initiative. They argue that solid waste management has long been a problematic issue in Costa Rica, one that may only be solved via coordinated actions with all the sectors of the population, from the consumer to the government.

Costa Rica: Management System for Hazardous Waste

July 2015

New rules govern generators, transporters and managers of corrosive toxic waste, reagents, and explosives which must register in a new online system.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Environment and Energy:

The System for Hazardous Waste Management (SIGREP) is an online tool, available 24 hours 7 days a week, where both public and private actors involved, will generate relevant information at the country level.

Garbage in Costa Rica: Another Commission

March 2015

A year into its tenure, the government of Costa Rica has announced the formation of a joint committee to study a national plan for recycling and recovery of waste.


In another grim example of the difficulties faced by rulers in Costa Rica to make executive decisions on public works, existing plans - which are currently on hold, and will probably disappear - for investment in the waste management and recycling sector, including generating power from them, due to the fact that the current government has decided to start from scratch with the formation of a committee to "develop strategies" on the topic. As if there were not already enough information on his issue, and as if the respective participants and those responsible had not expressed themselves sufficiently in this respect. It is the same case with the commission on energy introduced by this government.

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