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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 16:48

Solid Waste Management in Colombia

Written by  Magda Carolina Correal Sarmiento

Main Problems & Challenges

Although, waste management in Colombia has positively evolved during the last 20 years, there are many challenges to be managed, some of them are: i) the provision of higher quality solutions for smaller municipalities, ii) promoting management organizations that recognize informal recyclers work, iii) increasing the sanitary landfills’ technical specifications and improving technical operation, iv) advancing on adaptation climate change measures, for avoiding problems caused during the rain and dry periods, and v) increasing the solid waste recycling.

Currently, Regulation Commission (CRA) is reviewing the price cap methodology and the inclusion of recyclable materials collection and transportation payment for recyclers.

Finally, it is the right moment for starting the adoption and implementation of extended producer responsibility measures as a method for increasing the solid waste recycling, in a feasible and sustainable way.

Conclusions

A brief description of solid waste management in Colombia, including the state of the art of the planning, regulation and operation conditions of the collection, transportation, recycling and final disposal activities was offered.

Although, waste management in Colombia has positively evolved during the last 20 years, there are many challenges to be managed, such as: i) the provision of higher quality solutions for smaller municipalities, ii) promoting management organizations that recognize informal recyclers work, iii) increasing the sanitary landfills’ technical specifications and improving technical operation, iv) advancing on adaptation climate change measures, for avoiding problems caused during the rain and dry periods, and v) increasing the solid waste recycling.


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