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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 16:48

Solid Waste Management in Colombia

Written by  Magda Carolina Correal Sarmiento

Solid Waste Collection & Transport

There are 1206 providers of the solid waste management (SSPD, 2010), more than 60% of the population is attended by private or mixed capital companies (Econometría, 2008).

More than 900 suppliers provide the collection and transportation services, 576 supply final disposition service and 269 carry out some recycling activity. In general terms, all the suppliers who provide the collection and transportation activities also provide the sweeping service of public areas and roads.

The population covering who receive the solid waste collection service has increased during the last 20 years, from 87,2% in 1993 to 94,6% in 2005. The higher covering rates are found in larger cities (Chart 1).

The collection frequency varies between 2 and 3 times a week, higher frequencies are provided in the more populated cities.

Recently, two transfer stations started working close to two of the main cities in Colombia, Medellin and Cali, where sanitary landfills are located 41,5 km (Guacal) and 62,2 km (Colomba-Guabal) away from the cities; both stations are operated by a private utility company (INTERASEO SA ESP).

Urban Population with Solid Waste Collection Service, according with size (1993, 2005)

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