One of the main challenges for local governments in Latin America is solid waste management. FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) program is helping partner municipalities in Ancash, Peru address the challenge of their municipal landfills quickly reaching capacity. In 2017, a delegation of representatives from the four Peruvian partner local governments traveled to Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia, to learn about the District’s internationally recognized solid waste management system. This system, which manages waste for 13 municipalities in southern BC, applies innovative environmental practices, and promotes the recycling, reduction, reuse, and diversion of solid waste.
Following this study tour, the partner municipalities of Independencia, Jangas and Taricá, as well as the provincial municipality of Huaraz, agreed to work on a joint solution, constructing a regional landfill and developing an integrated solid waste management plan. A fifth municipality, Olleros, has since joined this regional initiative. The municipalities created a Technical Board for Solid Waste Management, which has identified a potential site for the new landfill, which is expected to benefit 200,000 people in the region.
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