Neuquén planning US$25mn waste treatment center

Monday, September 5, 2011

Argentina's Neuquén province government is in the final preparation stage of an urban solid waste treatment project, requiring an estimated investment of US$25mn.

The project involves building a solid waste treatment plant, waste transfer stations and sanitary landfill to serve the Los Valles and Confluencia areas, the province said in a release.

Officials from Confluencia department and the Los Valles area, which includes part of Río Negro province, met with Neuquén province authorities to ensure the project's continuity following the general elections to take place on October 23 this year.

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Río Negro and Neuquén provinces are now due to sign an agreement creating a regional entity to oversee the project, according to the head of Neuquén province's development agency, Pedro Salvatori.

The center will operate under a 10-15 year concession, and maintain the current monthly waste collection fee of 18 pesos (US$4.28), the release said.