Countrywide Solid Waste Management Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

In 2015, the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWMA) completed the implementation of the Sanitary Landfill and transfer stations that sees the safe and effective disposal of waste from Caye Caulker, San Pedro, San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Belize City to the sanitary landfill at mile 24 on the George Price Highway. Under the project, transfer stations were built in all the abovementioned areas and one was also built in Burrell Boom. With that now complete and with garbage being properly managed in these areas, the intention is for the solid waste management to be expanded countrywide.

A second trache of financing from the Inter American Development Bank of 10.1 million dollars has now been secured by the Government of Belize and now proper solid waste management will be expanded to include the Northern and Southern Regions of the country. Remediation works on existing dump sites have already begun or will soon begin in Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Belmopan, Punta Gorda and Placencia. Thereafter, there will be the construction of transfer stations at the locations. According to Tyronne Chimilio, Social Communications Officer at the BSWMA, there have been learning experiences from the first phase and the implementation of the second phase will see some upgrades. Among these will be a redesign of the transfer stations where they will be built as two stories to eliminate the need for mechanical vehicles to load the garbage for transportation to the landfill. Another component of the program will see the implementation of voluntary separation of garbage at the source. This will see separation of garbage at the household level. With this it will decrease the contact that recyclers have with garbage at the transfer stations. The plan is to encourage municipalities to collect different types of garbage on different days designating special pickup days for recyclables.

According to Chimilio, the current disposal of garbage is working well, so much so they are able to pinpoint that daily Belize City produces on average 69 tons of garbage while San Ignacio/Santa Elena/Benque produces 25 tons, and Burrell Boom and Caye Caulker produces 5 tons each. He also noted that about 2% of the garbage generate is actually recycled by personnel who work at the transfer stations and who earn a living from this activity.