Except the Capital of Catamarca and the departments Old Valley and Fray Mamerto Esquiuthe 33 remaining municipalities of the province have open air dumps, this without counting those that people create indiscriminately in different places. Nicholas Veron Secretary of the Environment of Catamarca assured that “we cannot still have municipalities that do not have environmental areas.”
This way Catamarca/12 was able to learn that of the 36 municipalities in the province and except for the three main ones that make up the Central Valley, the rest still throw their garbage in remote places and without any type of treatment, causing greenhouse gases and other climatic consequences.
So far the town of The Boards in the Ambato department, fiambala in the department of Tinogasta and the municipality of tinogasta they would be evaluating the construction of urban waste treatment plants within the framework of current regulations. Others, the ones closest to the capital of the province, have special agreements to take their waste to authorized plants.
According to estimates the construction of a plant can demand more than 20 million pesos however, and through the corresponding areas, the Nation offers credits and programs for communes that want to try it.
“We must reduce open-air dumps and, above all, each municipality must present a management plan for urban solid waste (MSW), said Verón in the framework of the announcement of greater environmental controls in the province in the context of climate change.
As announced, this year the Ministry of the Environment will reinforce controls in each of the activities that are generated in the province. The environment will not be an obstacle to development, but we do understand that guaranteeing care for the environment will allow us to have great development as a society,” he said.
Finally, the official warned “the environmental agenda should be a priority for everyone. We hope that this year our legislators can work on provincial laws that allow us to have tools to carry out better control, since environmental education will be the key to our future”.