June 11th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The municipal council of San Ramon bowed to public pressure yesterday and rejected a proposal that would have seen the city receive more than 1,000 tons of garbage per day for incineration as part of a waste-to-energy project.
The proposal by WRA Environmental Engineering, Inc. would have forced the municipality to provide the company 1,000 tons of garbage per day for the first year, or pay for the difference in lost production.
After the third year, the municipality would have been obligated to provide 1,500 tons of garbage per day. That amount represents at least one-third of all the garbage produced in the country, and would have resulted in some 100 garbage trucks passing through the city each day.
Residents expressed concern that the trucks would deteriorate the city’s roads and cause foul odors, while others were concerned over possible health effects.
The municipal council agreed to appoint a committee that will seek an alternative solution to deal with the canton’s waste.