Ministry planning proposal to improve solid waste management

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Uruguay's housing, territorial planning and environment ministry (MVOTMA) is drawing up a plan to promote safe and efficient recycling and solid waste management in the country.

The plan aims to establish a normative framework to provide a foundation for national solid waste policies and facilitate necessary changes in the management of this sector, according to a government release.

"It's not about just improving the framework, but also about establishing an efficient business management capacity, as well as plans which allow this new law to become a reality," said MVOTMA minister Graciela Muslera.

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The new regulation will also help evaluate policies related to technology used to obtain energy from solid waste, to reduce the amount of the end waste product dumped into landfills, she added.

Uruguay is lagging behind in solid waste management and, aside from plastic containers, has failed to put enough effort into recycling, the minister said.