The Transfer Station and Sanitary Landfill opened months ago to great fanfare. On Wednesday we got a chance to find out more from stakeholders who were holding a workshop in Belize City. Gilroy Lewis is Project Director for the Solid Waste Management Authority.
“Today’s workshop is what we call a stakeholder’s workshop and it’s part of a consultancy to prepare a National Solid Waste Management Plan, a National Solid Waste Management Strategy and a National Solid Waste Management Policy. All of this is being organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture and the National Solid Waste Management Authority”.
Reporter: “We want to know how the introduction or the start of this whole transfer system to the mile 26…how is that going so far?”
Mr. Gilroy Lewis: “Well, that has been going well. If you may remember, we commenced operations in August 5th, 2013. We have been transferring solid waste from the Belize City transfer station to the Mile 24 sanitary land fill and from the San Ignacio, Sta. Elena transfer Station to the sanitary land fill”.
According to Gilroy Lewis the Authority has been working closely with the various Central Corridor Authorities in order to iron out issues.
Mr. Gilroy Lewis: “So, from those two facilities, we have transferred and environmentally disposed 1,846 metric tons of solid waste in August , and in September, I figured that they have received from the transfer stations; both of them is 1,957 metric tons. So, that is approximately about 140 foot trailers per month. We have not really encountered any inconvenience as such. We have had meetings with the Belize City Council and its contractors and also the San Ignacio Town Council to get feedback from them in terms of inconveniences that they may be experiencing with the facilities so that we could see how we could work through those”.
One of the main purposes of Wednesday’s workshop was to work out protocols. Government funds the work of the landfill and transfer station until an agreement is reached on the fees to be paid by consumers.