CDB approves loan for solid waste management improvement and recycling project in Grenada

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing a loan of USD10.7 mn to the Government of Grenada to finance a project to improve and sustain integrated solid waste management in that country. The loan was approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

The Project includes the supply of equipment, the development of action plans, and a programme to build awareness of appropriate waste management practices. A major component of the project will include further development of the Perseverance Landfill which was commissioned in 2001.

Works will comprise cell development, as well as the closure of original cells at this facility. The old dumpsite at Perseverance will also be closed and new sanitary facilities be provided for people who derive their livelihood from recycling activities at the dump.

CDB will also provide a grant of USD300,000 to finance the institutional strengthening of the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority.

Adequate waste management is crucial in economic terms to Caribbean economies because of heavy dependence on natural resource bases to support activities such as: tourism, mining, agriculture and fisheries, which are usually the dominant sectors. These economic activities can be significantly reduced by a deficient solid waste management system. Maintenance of a clean and pleasant environment is also central to managing public health costs.

Over the period 2010-13, approximately 35,000 tonnes of solid waste were generated each year in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, with 96 per cent being generated on mainland Grenada. This represents an increase of approximately 17 per cent from a decade earlier, compared to an increase in population of around three per cent. The population of Grenada is 105,900.             

CAPTION: View of existing dump from site of proposed Perseverance Landfill, Grenada.