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Modernity´s prosperity can be felt through the increase of world living standards. However, the consumption of this developing community simply cannot keep pace with it’s waste disposal system. Currently, the City Hall collects the garbage as the truck deposits the wastes upon a not so distant hill, where it catches wind and blows into the stream below, contaminating drinking water, and thus killing the marine life dependent on clean water, aside from the residual toxification of the soil. It is an open air dump, meaning that it reeks of purification on breezy days. When the sun is striking hot enough upon some of the refuse, the pile has caught fire and led to the unintended burning of surrounding pine trees.
Another consequence of the current disposal are the flies and rats that come with such an unseparated system. Both of these pests are known carriers for diseases that at times the locals suffer from. The fumes of the decaying garbage are also a threat to human health. Our plan is to dig a 30 foot deep landfill, fence it off, and cover the old rubbish site with soil, proceeded by reforesting the disaster. After the new hole is filled, the long-term strategy is to top it with soil and reforest it as well. Along with the physical transition, we have been, and will continue educating the locals to separate their garbage into organic and inorganic, then encouraging the composting of the organics and the reuse of the inorganics.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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