Ministry provides over US$3.6mn for city waste management

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Argentina's environment and sustainable development ministry (SAyDS) has handed over more than 15mn pesos (US$3.61mn) to the city government of Buenos Aires and Mendoza province for urban solid waste management.

The funds are being provided under an agreement between the city and the ministry.

In Buenos Aires' Salto city, environment minister Juan José Mussi delivered a symbolic 4.51mn-peso payment that will be used to build an urban solid waste plant, SAyDS said in a release.

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Meanwhile, in Mendoza province, Mussi and governor Celso Jaque kicked off operations at an urban solid waste processing facility in city General Alvear.

The initiative, which is being financed by SAyDS and IDB, will cost some 10.6mn pesos and is part of a program to improve waste management in tourist cities, the release said.

The project involved construction of a waste separation and recycling plant, a disposal facility and the cleanup of the two existing open-air dumps.