Costa Rica Moves Forward With Plans to Use Burned Trash for a Waste-to-Energy Recycling Program

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A regulation for solid waste management by municipalities will be published in March, allowing local Costa Rica governments to generate waste energy, also known as waste-to-energy or energy-from-waste.

    This type of electricity generation uses burned trash to generate steam in order to drive a power turbine.

    The Minister of Health, María Elena López, explained that the new legislation was built with contributions from the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) and representatives of municipalities. It underwent public consultation in January and waiting for the final details from the comments received.

    In September last year, the National Association of Mayors and City Councils (NHAI) appealed to the Administrative Court to bring down the incapacitating moratorium imposed by the government, which prevented waste energy from becoming a reality.

    López also noted that this project is intended to solve the problem of overflowing landfills in some municipalities, while developing a source of income and energy during the process.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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