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Skat - Costa Rica

Sustainable Management of Organic Municipal Waste in the Municipality of Pérez Zeledón

Contract: 2019.05
Resource Efficiency

Sustainable Management of Organic Municipal Waste in the Municipality of Pérez Zeledón

Project Type:

Pilot Project

Technology:

Resource Efficiency

Country:

Costa Rica

Project State:

Ongoing

Project Start:

August 2019

End of Project:

Planned 2021

Partner:

Skat Consulting Ltd., St. Gallen, www.skat.ch, Sandra Méndez Fajardo

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© Municipality of Pérez Zeledón
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© Municipality of Pérez Zeledón

Swiss Contribution

Skat Consulting Ltd., is an independent consulting firm and competence center in international cooperation and humanitarian aid.  Founded in 1978, the company has many years of proven experience in technology, training, project management and business matters. For this project, Skat Conslting is being supported by other Swiss experts from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Description

The districts of San Isidro El General and Daniel Flores of the municipality of Pérez Zeledón operate one of the largest composting plants in Costa Rica. It started its operation in 2012 and currently receives 8-10 tons of organic waste per day. The processes of the plant are technically insufficient, and the marketing of the resulting products is limited. Through cooperation with experts from Switzerland, the participating Costa Rican partners (Acepesa, Municipality of Pérez Zeledón, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, National Union of Local Governments, University of Costa Rica San Pedro) seek advice for technical improvements in the composting process, as well as the improvement and diversification of the final product, in order that the economic viability will be assured in the long-term.