Govt creates national waste management strategy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Guatemalan government has created an integrated waste management strategy, according to a release from the environment ministry (Marn).

The strategy was created by government institutions, academics, waste management companies and civic organizations in an effort to control and manage the 14.5Mt of garbage produced each year.

Under existing laws, all 334 municipalities have their own environmental regulations, making coordinated waste management strategies difficult. The new strategy calls for the implementation of waste management services across all municipalities.

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Guatemalan households produce 7,000t/d of garbage, of which 55% is organic, according to studies by Marn and the institute of agriculture, natural resources and the environment (Iarna).

Currently, 12% of municipalities have a waste management strategy and only 5% of waste is reused, the release said.