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Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

The Government of Belize has received a grant of 1 million dollars to assist it in managing solid waste in touristic areas as well as rural villages. During a ceremony on June 17th, Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, as well as IDB Executive Director Toshiyuki Yasui as witness of honor, signed an agreement for a grant for technical cooperation to improve solid waste management in Belize. The program will promote reduction and recovery of municipal solid waste as well as expand coverage of municipal solid waste management to rural areas.

The U.S. $500,000 grant comes from the IDB through the Japan Quality Infrastructure Initiative (JQI). Under the Technical Cooperation, a pilot project will be implemented in selected tourist areas to promote reuse and recycling source separation and, composting. Also, a system will be designed to facilitate solid waste collection and transportation in rural villages for final disposal in the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill. Route optimization designs in urban areas will also be formulated.

The latest agreement will be complimentary to the existing Solid Waste Management Project which is implementing its second phase. Through a U.S.$10 million dollar loan, solid waste management infrastructure is being put in place in towns and villages in Orange Walk, Corozal, Stann Creek, Toledo and Belmopan. The final goal of the second phase is to reduce environmental pollution by improving solid waste management practices in emerging tourism destinations.

Over the last decade dumpsites have been closed in Belize City, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and San Ignacio/Santa Elena – Benque Viejo and all garbage from these sites are now being taken and properly disposed of at the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill. When the second phase of the project is completed, the landfill will be the sole disposal site for the entire country.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2019 13:48