Around 10.4 million people live in Bolivia. Poverty and environmental pollution are amongst its greatest problems. The town of Cochabamba alone generates about 200 tonnes of organic waste every day. At the rubbish tip, this waste creates harmful substances, and in particular poisonous seepage water and climate-damaging gases. With the correct treatment, not only can the damage to the environment be significantly reduced, but also organic fertilisers (compost) and renewable energy (biogas) produced.
This project will make a contribution to the sustainable development of the Cochabamba region. The clean and economically sustainable alternative of using organic waste reduces environmental problems, creates new jobs for people without any training, produces compost to improve the soil and generates renewable energy (biogas).
A composting and biogas plant for the sustainable recycling of organic urban waste will be the first system of its kind in Bolivia. It should serve as an example to other towns in the region.
Aims of the project:
2012 - 2016
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