Colombia updates landfill regulations

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos issued a decree that updates the country's regulations on sanitary landfills, introducing a new series of standards for handling solid waste and decentralizing the process to create and expand such facilities.

Thanks to the update, the first since 2005, departmental and municipal governments will be able to decide where to install sanitary landfills, a power that was previously the exclusive domain of the central government, according to a press release from the housing ministry.

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The decree also sets out the prior requirements that the local authorities must fulfill before creating new landfills or expanding existing ones, such as topographic studies and risk analyses.

The housing ministry also highlighted that the new regulations raise the standards for the operation of landfills and any complementary waste treatment systems used in them, establishing conditions for the development of waste treatment technologies, such as waste-to-energy systems.

The full decree with the new regulations can be read here, in Spanish.