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Term Residual Waste

All solid, liquid or gaseous material, either alone or mixed with others, that results from a process of extraction from nature or of transformation, manufacturing or consumption, and that is discharged into the environment. The law recognizes six types of waste:
§ Commercial solid waste.
§ Household solid waste.
§ Agricultural waste.
§ Biomedical waste.
§ Construction or demolition waste.
§ Industrial waste.

In the Dominican Republic, according to Law 34-55 from 1952, each municipality is in charge of the collection of its solid waste. 

The elements most commonly found in the country´s waste are glass, paper, cardboard and metal (10% to 25% of the total) and organic materials (between 60% and 70%). The average waste generation is 0.60 to 0.90 kg / inhabitant / day. It has been determined that the country produces about 7,000 tons of solid waste daily, 50% of which is produced by the province of Santo Domingo.

One of the institutions in the country that plays an important role in the collection of solid waste is Vida Azul, a non-profit organization whose main activity is beach cleanup. Vida Azul, founded in 2007, represents Ocean Conservancy in the country, and has coordinated events for coastal cleanup since 2008. Reports from this organization reveal that the main residues found on beaches are 1:
§ Plastic bottles.
§ Plastic bottle caps.
§ Plastic bags.

Other residues that stand out are cups, plates, utensils, cigarettes, and oil or lubricant containers1.

1Vida Azul. Revisando los Resultados del Día Iinternacional de Costas ICC. Ponencia en FUNGLODE: Santo Domingo, DO., 2010.


Topic  Environmental managementEnvironmental pollution