Bolivia Receives $20 Million to Expand Recycling

Loan designed to improve services to 190,000 households.

December 11, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations

A $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been designed to provide collection, transportation, recycling and disposal services to 190,000 households in Bolivia.

According to an IDB news release, the program is expected to increase the final disposal of trash in landfills from 37 percent to 51 percent nationwide, contributing to environmental improvements in Riberalta, Potosi and other Bolivian cities.

As part of the program, municipal service frameworks will be implemented covering street sweeping, collection, transportation, recycling and disposal of solid waste through activities “that enhance the quality and coverage of the various services, increase the disposal of trash in landfills and improve the operating efficiency of service providers,” says the IDB.
The program is designed to improve the quality of life of recyclers (scavengers) currently working in landfills, offering them training under the framework of a labor inclusion and formalization plan, according to the IDB.