Integrated Solid Waste Management NAMA in Colombia

Working on the ground with Colombia

In partnering with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), private sector stakeholders and local industry experts, CCAP is helping to implement an integrated solid waste management NAMA to maximize economic value from waste streams and also reduce GHG emissions by:

In the report, Evaluation of NAMA Opportunities in Colombia’s Solid Waste Sector, CCAP analyzed solid waste management technologies and programs that could be implemented in Colombia to create an integrated model for waste NAMA development. Through on-the-ground engagement with government officials and a research consulting team, CCAP will build on this report to carry out a technical and economic feasibility study to determine the economic, environmental (in the form of greenhouse gas emissions reductions), and social impacts of various waste strategies in Colombia. This feasibility study will be used to determine the viability of a mechanical and biological treatment facility to generate refuse-derived fuel, recyclables and/or compost. The scope of the study will include several pilot cities.

The NAMA was presented to potential funders at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in Copenhagen in May 2013.

Working with CCAC

Complementing national efforts to develop a waste NAMA, CCAP is working at the local-level in the cities of Cali and Barranquilla to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) such as methane from municipal solid waste.

With support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), Barranquilla and CCAP will assess the city’s waste stream and systems to identify options for diverting waste from the local landfill.  This could reduce the costs of managing municipal solid waste, such as transportation to the landfill and leachate treatment, while abating emissions and improving the adverse health impacts of citizens residing near the landfill.

In Cali, CCAP will work with the city’s technical waste committee to design and analyze source separation and collection policies for both dry recyclables and organic waste.  This will include: 1) developing models to quantify the GHG reduction impact of source separation policies, 2) exploring opportunities for collecting and diverting organic waste from large generators, 3) conducting a market study for compost to determine the financial viability of the organics diversion component, and 4) improving the quality of life of the city’s informal waste pickers through formalization policies that would give them health and social benefits.