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Belize to improve Solid Waste Management with Support of IDB and Japan

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019. 7:49 am CST.

PM Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, as well as IDB Executive Director Toshiyuki Yasui as witness of honor, today signed an agreement to implement a non-reimbursable Technical Cooperation (grant) to improve solid waste management in Belize by promoting the reduction and recovery of municipal solid waste generation and contributing to the expansion of coverage of municipal solid waste management to rural areas.

The Government of Belize is receiving a US$500,000 grant from the IDB through the Japan Quality Infrastructure Initiative (JQI).

The specific objectives of the Technical Cooperation are to: (i) implement a pilot project in selected tourist areas to promote source separation, composting, reuse and recycling, and (ii) design of a system to facilitate solid waste collection and transport in rural villages for final disposal in the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill as well as (iii) designs for route optimization in urban areas.

The Technical Cooperation will also contribute to enhancing the image of Belize in the eco-tourism market.

The Government of Belize is currently implementing a second phase of the Solid Waste Management Project, a US$10 million IDB loan that is financing investments to improve solid waste transport, recovery, and final disposal in towns and villages in Belize’s Northern (Orange Walk and Corozal) and Southern (Stann Creek and Toledo) Corridors as well as in Belmopan.

The final goal of the second Solid Waste Management Project is to reduce environmental pollution by improving solid waste management practices in emerging tourism destinations.

 

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