Ornamibo Garbage Dump will be closed down
The Ornamibo Garbage Dump will be closed down. This was made clear at a stake holders’ meeting on Sanitary Landfill at the Office of the President. The government wants to switch from open dumping which is not environment friendly to sustainable waste management. It is not clear, however, when Ornamibo will officially be shut down. Reports indicate that Suriname has 4 years to carry out the project for controlled waste management that meets international standards. Haydi Berenstein who works at the National Coordination of the Environment Department at the Office of the President pointed out that Suriname has received a $1.308,000 grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). GEF grants directly support actions to combat major environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, polluted international waters, land degradation and desertification, and persistent organic pollutants, as well as stimulate green growth. Suriname risked losing the grant because the project that had initially started as a wasteto-energy project idea did not get off the ground. In order to prevent Suriname from losing the grant, the government changed the project by switching to a Sanitary Landfill that meets international standards. “We ‘rescued’ the money and must take the bull by the horns,” said Berenstein. Ornamibo is not a proper location for the establishment of a sanitary landfill. Reports indicate that a few locations have already been identified. Suriname is expected to pitch in with $3.3 million.