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Sustainable Management of Solid Waste in the Los Lagos Region - Complementary Measures

Project details
Donor organisation: 
Associated enterprises: 
Waste Management
Project volume: 
999,000 €
Value of services: 
549,450 €
Start of project: 
August, 2007
End of project: 
October, 2010
Project description: 

The region of the project covers the three provinces of Llanquihue, Valdivia and Osorno with a total of 28 municipalities and about 900,000 inhabitants, of whom 71% are urban population. In the year 2002, the annual quantity of solid waste in the three provinces (including industrial, commercial and hospital waste) rose to about 341.000t of which the largest part was domestic waste.

In most municipalities, collection and transport of waste are arranged in a satisfactory manner. However, there is considerable potential to increase efficiency and cost savings, particularly by optimizing collection, transport and general logistics of the systems. In addition, there are major shortcomings in terms of the final deposit of domestic solid waste: none of the sites for the disposal complies with the existing environmental and health standards. Finally, the legal system of solid waste management is fragmented and incomplete. The consequence of the deficiencies in the sector is a growing environmental pollution which poses a serious risk to the future development of the region.

The project is supported by two types of consultancy: The Implementation Consultant advises in the planning, tender and supervision of the construction of new landfills and transfer stations as well as in the acquisition of equipment. The service provided by the Consultant for Complementary Measures is primarily focused on institutional strengthening and the services described here.

Service description: 

The Consultant for Complementary Measures gives advice to the associations of the municipalities of Valdivia, Osorno and Lanquihue, partner organizations of the municipalities and other institutions involved at regional and national levels. Advice is given in the fields of:

  • Organizational development for the associations of the municipalities;
  • Improvement of the cost-recovery services for the integrated management of solid waste;
  • Training of managerial and professional staff;
  • Establishment of a system for monitoring and planning of solid waste management;
  • Minimization, separate collection and recycling of solid waste;
  • Closure of existing landfills;
  • Collection services in selected communities; and
  • Community participation and public relations.

The specific objective of the project is to make sure that the integrated solid waste management in inter-municipal systems ensures that collection, transport and disposal of waste is carried out in a way preserving public health, the environment and natural resources.