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.

Upcoming Tender for Waste Processing Plant

February 2013

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.

$45 Million Waste Management Plant in Nicaragua

October 2009

The Government of Spain will construct a $45 million waste management plant in La Chureca.

The terrain where the current open-skies landfill is located was given to AECI, the Spanish International Cooperation Agency, who will build the plant there. 2.000 people are expected to be employed by the facility once its open.

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