Trash Treatment Facility
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Info about the Trash Treatment Facility
This project takes place in a community which lies in a fertile plain surrounded by 4 active, smoking volcanoes in the northeastern, dry, tropical region of Nicaragua. The city hopes to construct a sustainable solid waste treatment facility on land that is currently being used as an open-air dump where the trash is frequently burned. This project aims to more appropriately treat this trash, thereby improving air quality, ameliorating a variety of health risks and beautifying the community for the benefit of its 8,000 inhabitants. At the proposed facility, the solid waste will be separated into organic and inorganic components with the organic wastes being transformed into compost (using both traditional methods and vermi-composting methods) and the recyclable inorganic wastes being sold to recycling companies. Non-recyclable material will be buried. Also included with this treatment plant will be a tree and plant nursery that will utilize the organic compost generated from the wastes. The compost, plants and worms from the composting operation will all be available for sale as a source of income for the municipality. Trees generated in the nursery will also be utilized to reforest the municipality. Partnership funds are requested for the construction of the facility which will consist of a covered structure to store the recyclable materials and the vermi-composting operation, a water storage tank, and a small shed to store tools. Also a gate will be installed at the entrance. The community will provide employees to manually separate the trash, a nursery caretaker, and a guard.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.