Cali announces innovative waste management model consistent with CCAP NAMA vision

For almost two years, CCAP has engaged with Colombian stakeholders to develop a comprehensive solid waste sector NAMA. Because solid waste management is administrated at the local level, CCAP has been working with both national and subnational governments. The city of Cali has shown consistent political will to integrate their own efforts to improve solid waste management with the overall vision of the NAMA as being developed by Colombia with CCAP’s support. On Tuesday, October 22, Cali’s acting Mayor Diego Calero (City Health Minister) and the Director of Cali’s public waste company, Maria del Mar Mozo, announced their intentions to continue supporting these efforts in partnership with CCAP with support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Due to the leadership and initiative shown by Cali throughout the Solid Waste NAMA development process, the city continues to be the ideal location for implementation of the pilot project under the NAMA which involves moving to the next generation of waste management treatment technologies and processes. According to scoping and pre-feasibility studies in Colombia, the most feasible treatment technology is a Mechanical-Biological treatment (MBT) plant. This type of technology can be adapted to local conditions and can produce commodities such as recyclables, compost, and refuse-derived fuel.

In addition, diversion from the landfill of a large portion of the city’s waste would be accompanied by multiple economic, social, and environmental co-benefits, and would make the solid waste management sector carbon neutral. For more information about Colombia’s solid waste NAMA, click here.

In addition to support from Environment Canada and Kingdom of Denmark, Cali is now receiving support via CCAP from the CCAC. CCAC is funding studies to support strategic goals of Cali’s waste sector plans including the design of a source separation policy for large generators of organic waste, market study for compost in Cali and formalization of waste pickers into the city’s future waste management policy.

In conjunction with appreciative remarks from Diego Calero and Maria del Mar Mozo for the support from the various funders, today Cali announced their plan to integrate these efforts into a new waste management model that will be introduced in the coming years. Also, in the coming months Cali will be launching a pilot of its innovative source separation policy in two neighborhoods where they will be tested. If successful, this policy could be a national model and perhaps a global model to integrate informal waste pickers into municipal waste management policies.

CCAP is pleased to see Cali’s continued enthusiasm in improving solid waste management and will continue to support the design and implementation of policies in the solid waste sector that encourage GHG mitigation and have accompanying economic, social, and environmental benefits. Additional information about CCAP’s work in Colombia with the Coalition can be found here.

Since December 2011, CCAP has been involved in designing waste NAMAs in various countries with support from Environment Canada. This support led to well-defined waste NAMAs in Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Further support from the Kingdom of Denmark was used to bring the NAMAs to the proposal stage, and they were sent to the UK/Germany NAMA facility in September 2013 for consideration to receive implementation funding.

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