Target: President of Cuba, Raúl Castro
Goal: Thank the Cuban government for working with waste management companies to devise economical and eco-friendly solutions to Cuba’s high volume of waste
Like many parts of the world, Cuba has struggled with improper disposal of municipal solid waste, the volume of landfill waste, and recycling processes. Cuba faces continuous population growth, which comes with an increase in waste and mismanagement in the larger cities. However, the Cuban government has recently placed a higher priority on waste disposal and a more efficient handling of the waste management system.
Waste Management World investigated existing technologies to devise a solution for Cuba, taking international application, environmental impact, and cost into consideration. These technologies include wet and dry anaerobic digestion, controlled landfill with biogas capturing, pyrolisis, gasification, and incineration.
More than half of the waste in Cuba is biodegradable, including food waste from kitchens and tree pruning, and can be processed to obtain biogas. These types of biochemical processes have been effective in converting biodegradable waste into energy in other parts of the world. Gasification is a technically viable option for solid waste conversion, and the technology is able to meet existing emission limits and has a remarkable effect on reducing the volume of waste sent to landfills.
Although recycling efforts in the country are still few and far between, technological solutions devised by Waste Management World pose promising solutions. Sign the petition below to thank the Cuban government for exploring technological solutions to its waste issues.
Dear President Castro,
In the past, legislation for efficient management and treatment of municipal waste in Cuba has been scarce and incomplete. A lack of financial resources, improper management, and poor infrastructure have resulted in ineffective practices in the collection, transportation, and disposal of waste. However, as population centers in Cuba continue to grow and cities expand, this issue must be at the forefront of legislators’ minds.
Over half of the waste in Cuba is biodegradable, which means that there are better solutions than landfills. Waste Management World has investigated the waste situation in Cuba and determined that much of the biodegradable waste can be turned into energy and reused in a way that does not harm the environment.
I am urging you to continue working with innovators in the field of waste management to devise practical, affordable, and environmentally sustainable waste solutions. Thank you for doing your part to keep Cuba safe and beautiful.
[Your Name Here]
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