|Sanitary Landfill at Mile 24 Western Highway.|
The Government of Belize proposes to implement a four-year project to improve solid waste management practices in four municipalities of the Western Corridor: San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Belize City and San Ignacio/Santa Elena.This will support the goals of environmental protection, natural resource conservation, and protection of public health and safety. The Project will also contribute to enhancing the image of Belize in the eco-tourism market.
Project infrastructure investments include: closure and decommissioning of open dumpsites at Belize City Mile 3.5, San Ignacio/SantaElena, San Pedro Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker; the construction of waste transfer/recyclable reception facilities at the Belize City Mile 3.5 dumpsite, San Ignacio/Santa Elena dumpsite, San Pedro Ambergris Caye (new location) and Caye Caulker (new location); construction of a New Regional Sanitary Landfill at Mile 24 Western Highway to receive municipal solid waste from the transfer stations and surrounding communities and the construction of the 3.3 km Access Road to the Landfill.
Current status of the Project as it relates to Component 2, the Project is now completing the construction of the access road to the Regional Sanitary Landfill at Mile 24 Western Highway. The Bidding documents for the construction and operation of the infrastructure works mentioned above have been issued to the four (4) pre-qualified firms for submission of Bids on September 28th, 2011. Physical works at the Regional Sanitary Landfill site to prepare the first cell for the reception of solid waste are expected to start in January/February of 2012. We would therefore like to clarify that the Land fill HAS NOT yet been built and hence NOT operational.
The Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill site was selected after a rigorous site selection process by world renowned consulting firm, STANTEC Consulting International Ltd. of Canada. The EIA for the proposed Regional Sanitary Landfill, which documented the potential impacts of the Landfill and associated mitigations measures, was submitted to the Department of the Environment and approved by the NEAC in 2001 and also its updated version in 2010, at which time the ECP was also issued.
The performance standards for the proposed Regional Sanitary Landfill have been developed based on the international guidelines stipulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Environmental Compliance Plan for the Project issued by the Department of the Environment. These performance standards include but are not limited to the following sub-systems: surface water management; leachate (polluted water) management; groundwater management; landfill gas management and environmental monitoring that will provide feedback on the effectiveness of these sub-systems.
The Solid Waste Management Authority, executing agency, is staffed with qualified engineers to implement this long awaited project for the benefit of Belizeans along the Western Highway and surrounding areas. We therefore, extend our assurances to the general public that we will ensure that these facilities are built to the high standards specified in the Bidding Documents, which will also be verified/validated by the funding agencies, the Construction Quality Assurance/Control Engineer, Operations Audit Firm, the DOE and a Community Advisory Group that will be formed.