MIF and MIT fighting the trash crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Svante Persson (MIF) and Libby (MIT)

Many of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially remote and poor urban and semi-urban communities, are facing problems of waste management, which has a negative impact on public health, the local economy, and the environment. More efficient solid waste management systems can in turn improve the overall health of a community, create income generation opportunities in recycling and compost, and provide energy from either the implementation of biogas facilities or the extraction of methane gas from sanitary landfills. Responding to the recent increased awareness and need to solve the garbage problem, the MIF’s Access to Basic Services agenda has made integrated and sustainable solid waste management a priority as it responds to the region’s demand for assistance. In this work, the MIF has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab)and drawn expertise from previous experiences, including the creatin of local Public Private Partnerships for community basic services; the expertise of IDB water and sanitation and health specialists; and the MIF’s ongoing programs, supporting informal recyclers around the region.

viernes, 30 de agosto de 2013/Author: Svante Persson/Number of views (10036)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating