Central town gets the country’s 1st high-tech landfill
Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Municipal League (LMD) and the Environment Ministry on Tuesday announced a policy to manage the 400 parcels of land used only as trash dumps.
League director Johnny Jones and Government municipal liaison Domingo Contreras made the announcement during a tour of the country’s first managed landfill, nearly finished in Villa Altagracia (central).
“We’ve defined a waste management policy with no negative final impact on the environment, a joint effort between the Government, the Environment Ministry and local government,” Jones said.
He said the model will be immediately applied in several townships once Villa Altagracia’s managed landfill is finished in 60 days.
For his part, Contreras said a managed landfill is a structure that will have a positive impact on other municipalities across the country. “This is president Danilo Medina’s idea, to install it in 28 towns across the country during the next two years, and transform solid waste management.”
He called it “a new vision involving recycling machines,” to recover solid waste, paid by the users, with technical teams trained to manage the sites.
Contreras added that the geo-membrane installed at Villa Altagracia’s landfill will keep the liquid that oozes from the trash from leaching into the soil and polluting the groundwater. “These toxic liquids are collected and sent to a processing plant through a pipeline.”
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