Japan offers US$200 million for new garbage dump
The government of Japan is offering US$200 million to help convert the Duquesa garbage dump into a proper sanitary landfill. Another option is for an area on Km 22 of the Carretera Villa Mella-Yamasa or one in Mal Nombre to be used for the dump for around 4,000 tons of solid waste collected from the National District and other municipalities of the Greater Santo Domingo area, says Onofre Rojas, executive director of the Greater Santo Domingo Commonwealth (MGSD). He said the funds would be lent at 40 years with a ten-year grace period and an interest rate of 0.1 to 3.3%. The construction of the new garbage disposal facility would cost US$200 million, the sum the government of Japan is offering to finance.
Rojas said that for years there has been talk that the Duquesa dump has reached its limit, but the political will to tackle the situation has been lacking. He called for a summit to be held between waste management experts and the Ministry of Environment, and Public Health and the Ministry of the Presidency, the MGSD and the management of the dump.
As reported in Hoy, Lajun, the private company that manages Duquesa charges around US$3 per ton of garbage received.
Rojas says the time has come for changing the system. He said that it would be more efficient for the garbage trucks to take the garbage to a transfer point from where heavier equipment would take it to a final destination.
He also says that it is time for residents to start classifying the garbage in their homes. He said a master plan establishes seven transfer stations of which only one is currently in operation, in Villas Agrícolas in the National District.
Source: DR1, Hoy
Oct 31, 2016
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