Cuzco considering municipal recycling proposals

Monday, January 31, 2011

Municipalities in Peru's southern Cuzco region are considering proposals to implement recycling and new solid waste management facilities, Cuzco's regional director of housing, construction and sanitation, Dario Mogrovejo, told BNamericas.

The projects aim to optimize resources by recycling and finding uses for solid waste, to avoid it going to landfills, according to Mogrovejo. Initiatives under consideration involve building recycling plants and implementing waste separation practices.

A number of municipalities have already submitted proposals to the region's 13 provincial governments, which are discussing their technical and financial feasibility. The plans are expected to be reviewed and implemented this year, and can be carried out either individually or by groups of municipalities, Mogrovejo said.

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The recycling facilities would complement Cuzco region's 1.2bn-sol (US$433mn) development plan for the next 10 years, which includes building a new solid waste treatment plant and final disposal facility.