Garbage and ways for its disposal


IX National Census of Population and Housing 2010, from 1 to 7 December 2010, Characteristics of Housing and Home,
VOLUME II, Santo Domingo, October 2012

The above data table is quite concerning, to see that 641,751 families or 24% of all families in the country has a way of disposing of domestic waste (emphasis on the word domestic) so as to harm the environment and the very health of these families. Burning garbage pollutes the air and causes health problems for all who are exposed to their fumes, and burning plastic products produce fumes that are extremely harmful. Informal landfills contaminate aquifers and sub-soil, drinking water sources and rivers. Garbage thrown in rivers and streams cause even more immediate and damage.

Again poverty and lack of education are the main factors, but municipal, provincial and national governments have been negligent in providing solutions for these segments of the population.

From the same data table, knowing that 75% of the waste is collected by a municipality or private enterprise is not synonymous to responsible disposal. We know that most landfills at the national level do not meet the minimum standard of environmental protection.

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Current status of final disposal (Spanish only)

Situación actual de disposición final

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