Business Opportunities in Compulsory Waste Disposal

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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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. reviewed some of the actions undertaken by companies, such as Kimberly Clark, that owns a paper recycling plant which processes its own waste and paper from other companies.

5 basic steps are suggested to manage waste:
1. Create inventories: each process must indicate what types of waste it generates.
2. Reduce: clean production means looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste generated.
3. Classify: waste must be classified on how it must be managed.
4. Recycle: according to the classification, waste might be recycled or reused in other processes.
5. Disposal: if waste can't be recycled or reused, it must be adequately disposed in other ways.

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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.

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.

Obligatory Waste Treatment in Costa Rica

August 2010

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

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.

$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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