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A new solid waste management system in Venezuela's Miranda state will be ready to launch in the first quarter of 2013, according to an environment ministry (Minamb) release.
IDB is providing US$80mn in financing for the system, which includes two new landfills. One is being built in Panaquire, Acevedo municipality, and another has been completed in Franqueza, Brión municipality. A waste processing plant is also being built in Panaquire.
The Miranda initiative is part of Minamb's plan to eliminate open-air dumps and replace them with new sanitary landfills. Other projects include closing the Las Clavellinas dump in Guarenas and building the El Limón final disposal system in Altos Mirandinos, which is due to be completed by end-2011.
From 2006 to 2010, the ministry completed 44 environmental cleanup and landfill construction projects in 22 states, according to the release.