Several plans under National Solid Waste programme for 2019

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A total of $841Million has been allocated for the operation and expansion of the National Solid Waste Programme for 2019 in keeping with efforts to address the country’s sanitation management.

According to Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, during the Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly, works will continue at Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill Site, which is projected to become a demonstration site for the ‘Reuse, Reduce and Recycle’ sanitation agenda.

“For this year, over $590Million was expended towards the completion of the leachate treatment ponds, construction of Cell Two of the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill, rehabilitation of the access road to the Rose Hall Sanitary Landfill, and operation of sanitary landfill sites across the country,” he explained.

Moving forward, Minister Jordan said that the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and designs for sanitary operations at Bartica, Linden and Mahdia are expected to be completed in 2019, and works commence thereafter.

He noted that residents will soon benefit from similar landfill facilities in Belle Vue and Lethem.

According to the minister, the Solid Waste Management Bill is expected to be laid in the National Assembly, next year. This, he said, will pave the way for the creation of the solid waste management authority and allow for the focused and dedicated implementation of solid waste management at the regional and municipal levels.

Neola Damon

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