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Campaign to solve garbage problem is launched

The Presidency has launched a new program seeking to create a better awareness about garbage and its health and environmental impact on communities. On Tuesday 27 June 2017, President Danilo Medina announced the start of the Clean Dominican Plan (Dominicana Limpia) during an event at the Presidential Palace.

The Clean Dominican Plan will be implemented through a public-private partnership to resolve the periodic crises in garbage collection and disposal. The private sector will be helping to fund the citizen awareness campaign. The Cervecería Nacional Dominicana (Presidente beer brewery) will be contributing RD$1 billion to the program.

The program backs ways to profit from the 13,000 tons of garbage the country produces every day. The government says that 51% of all garbage can be either recycled or used as fertilizer or to produce energy. With the new campaign, the government will be pushing the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

Domingo Contreras, director general of the Specialized Programs of the Presidency (DIGEPEP), explained that the plan calls for integrated management of solid waste, citizen education, clean places in the schools and recycling. The plan also reaches out to carry out works for the recovery of rivers basins and to keep beaches free of garbage.

The government will provide the municipalities with the resources they need to complete the tasks. President Medina spoke of a first allotment of RD$318 million for equipment and then another RD$500 million every year for a total RD$1.5 billion through 2020 for the program. The plan will fund the purchase of heavy equipment such as tractors and excavators for garbage collection and disposal and these will be managed by the Dominican Municipal League and the Federation of Dominican Municipalities (Fedomu).

The plan encompasses the operation of provincial or regional dumps and in a first phase 18 dumps, 25 municipalities and 62 districts will be intervened to strengthen their waste disposal systems.

More than 150 mayors, 230 municipal district directors and 158 councilors attended the launching of the new program.

The Presidency also named the third Saturday in September “Dia Nacional de la Limpieza” (National Clean Day).

Source: DR1, Hoy

June 30, 2017

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