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Ecuador's environment ministry (MAE) has signed a cooperation agreement with metropolitan public sanitation firm Emaseo to implement a new urban waste collection system in capital Quito.
The program, to cost US$20.4mn, will be carried out over a five-year period. For the program's first phase, MAE will provide US$1.2mn and Emaseo US$2.65mn, MAE said in a release.
The program will concentrate on two areas in the north and south of the city that are densely populated and have a high accumulation of solid waste. The city will acquire new garbage containers, 18 garbage trucks and seven street cleaners, covering 59 routes.
The new program will reduce the cost of waste collection to US$10.57/t from US$21/t, according to the release.
Quito currently produces 1,600t/d of waste, of which only 650t, or 40%, is collected each day.