The mayoral office of Panama City has presented a development plan which urgently requires investments in mobility, transport, water, drainage, waste management and urban planning.
The so-called Action Plan for the Metropolitan Area, presented in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is already projecting impacting 1.7 million people in the capital city, San Miguelito, Arraiján and La Chorrera, said the Mayor of Panama in a statement.
Various projects for generating electricity from waste have been waiting for the new regulation, which states that only waste which can not be recycled, reduced or reused may be incinerated.
Municipalities are now able, with these newly approved rules to reactivate projects that have been on hold since June 2014, when the moratorium went into effect. According to the National Association of Mayors and Municipalities, at least half of them are interested in mechanisms to generate electricity from waste.
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.
On June 3rd and 4th representatives from companies in the sector will gather together in the capital to discuss issues related to technology in the management of solid and liquid waste, and water use efficiency.
This conference will focus on the issues of waste management and recycling, it will be aimed primarily at industrialists, environmental consultants and engineers, public sector and NGOs.
The Ministry of Health in Costa Rica has finalized the regulations governing the operation of incineration plants which generate energy from waste.
Almost a year after the moratorium on power generation based on solid waste, which is mainly affecting municipalities, the Ministry of Public Health has announced that the regulations which establish the conditions for the incineration of waste are ready.
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 Spanish company Oproler has won the $3.3 million contract for the construction of a waste incinerator at the international airport in Panama City.
Besides construction of the incinerator, Oproler will also manage the equipment and collect waste produced at the airport for a year. It is anticipated that the equipment will be ready in eight months and will have the ability to "... manage technically and effectively the collection, sorting and disposal of organic, inorganic, liquid and hazardous waste. "
Regulations are coming into force in Costa Rica which force companies which produce or importing electrical good to have a plan for disposing of products when their lifecycle is over.
The Regulation for Declaration of Waste with Special Management states that companies must offer options to ensure their collection, requiring a different management as they can not be treated as common waste.
The absence of a long-term waste management policy is preventing the ability to take advantage of a sector which could generate significant business opportunities.
An Editorial on Nacion.com notes that "...The reasons for this lethargy, in the face of a problem that is about to overwhelm us and could be an important source of income, range from financing to lack of technological alternatives. The main stakeholders and environmental experts agree that this is a national issue, not exclusively a local one."
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