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New Sanitary landfill for Belize: Construction works started

In May 2012, the Solid Waste Management Project achieved a key milestone, construction works started at the Mile 24 site where a new sanitary landfill is to be constructed. The new landfill is to become operational by the end of 2012.

works continue to progress and the landfill will soon to be ready for its opening

The Solid Waste Management Program, funded by the IDB, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Government of Belize, supports this country in its efforts to improve solid waste management practices, reduce environmental pollution and enhance the image of Belize in the eco-tourism market through better management of its municipal solid wastes. The Program addresses solid waste management needs along the Western corridor (Belize City, San Ignacio and Santa Elena), and the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, two of the main tourist destinations in Belize. The Program is financing infrastructure investments to improve solid waste disposal in the aforementioned cities and localities, as well as the strengthening of the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) as the entity responsible for improving solid waste management across the country.

The infrastructure investments include: i) construction of a new regional waste disposal facility at Mile 24 along the highway that connects Belize City and Belmopan, ii) the closure of the open dump site in Belize City (Mile 3) and the construction of a waste transfer facility to facilitate waste separation and recycling, and facilitate the long haul of waste volumes for final disposal at Mile 24; iii) the closure of the open dump sites in San Pedro, Caye Caulker and San Ignacio, and the construction of transfer facilities in each of these towns. The entire system comprising the new infrastructure will be implemented using a Design-Build-Operate (DBO) scheme. The procurement process for the implementation of this scheme was completed in the second half of 2011 and the contract was signed in the first quarter of 2012.

In May 2012, the project achieved a key milestone, construction works started at the Mile 24 site where the new sanitary landfill is to be constructed. The new landfill is to become operational by the end of 2012, which will allow for the final closure of open dumpsites in Belize City, Caye Caulker, San Pedro and San Ignacio/Santa Elena. Works completed to this date include the construction of the access road to the landfill site and the partial closure of the Belize City’s Mile 3 dumpsite. The project has also completed a waste characterization study to assess current solid waste generation and the design of a cost recovery scheme to cover solid waste collection and final disposal.

In the coming months the project is to continue the construction works of the sanitary landfill and the four transfer stations to be built with project resources. Additionally, a cost recovery mechanism and a Public Awareness/Education Program are to be implemented in the coming months.

Updated: October 2012. The Solid Waste Management Project in Belize continues to move forward with the construction of the first cell of the new landfill, as seen in the following images. In addition, , the construction of the transfer station to be located in Belize City has begun, which also includes the closing of the last cell of the open dump.




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