Author: Brent Perdue

Solid Waste Services in the Neighborhood of Zurza, Santo Domingo

For the past few weeks, I have been accompanying FUNDSAZURZA in its various solid waste management operations. This blog post will describe FUNDSAZURZA’s organizational history and will also detail my observations of the organization’s main operations:  Street Sweeping, Cart Collection, Truck Collection, Transfer Station, Recycling Collection, and Recycling Center.  Organizational History In the late 1990s1, the National District municipality of Greater Santo Domingo did not offer solid waste management services in Zurza nor in surrounding informal neighborhoods. Trash piled in the streets and became breeding grounds for rats and mosquitos, provoking higher incidents of disease and infant mortality2. Community...

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Moving Towards Efficient Waste: Solid Waste Management in the Informal Settlements of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Photo: Brent Perdue   Latin America (and the Caribbean) is one of the most urbanized regions of the world. With 80 percent of residents living in urban areas, it is second only to North America.1 Urbanization agglomerates people, production and consumption, thereby creating large amounts of waste and resultant pressure on solid waste management services..  Inadequate or inequitably distributed public services compound solid waste management problems in formal and informal settlements alike. The Dominican Republic is a middle-income country and the largest economy in the Caribbean, as well as one of the fastest growing economies in the Americas .2 Santo...

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