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Brazil's Minas Gerais state water and sanitation utility Copasa is preparing a new urban solid waste treatment and disposal plan for the municipality of Varginha, according to minutes from a local public hearing.
The utility, which presented its program at a public hearing this week, plans to sign a contract with state and municipal officials in early December, once all issues are cleared up, according to the minutes.
Meanwhile, environmental licensing for the planned civil works is being wrapped up.
Among the planned investments are 4mn reais (US$1.55mn) to build a new landfill and 800,000 reais to update current facilities. Copasa will be paid 69.8 reais for each ton of solid waste received.
According to the city's environmental minister Joadylson Barra, the new facilities should be up and running by the end of 2015, the release said.