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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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.
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.
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.
The municipalities of the capital of Costa Rica have announced the construction a power plant which will produce energy from waste.
The project, which could be put out to tender by the middle of this year, includes the construction of the plant and a concession for its operation for twenty years. Works are expected to commence in 2014 for the plant to be in operation in 2016.