Cúcuta is the capital, the most populated city of the administrative division called Norte de Santander and the sixth most populous of Colombia. About two years ago, SOTKON implemented an experimental project of underground container systems for the collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) in order to test the effective reduction of operating costs and improvement of health and safety conditions for the community.
In a recent trip to this city, besides being able to see in situ the scenery and economic transformations occurred with the changing of deposition habits of both household and commercial refuse, Luis Laranjeira, representing SOTKON, had the opportunity to meet with various local entities such as the municipality and collection and construction companies which, being aware of the advantages in the use of underground containers, expressed great satisfaction with the success of the SOTKON system.
According to Luis Laranjeira, there is a clear will and drive to make Cúcuta a model city in Colombia with respect to environmental sustainability and implementation of innovative systems for the collection and storage of MSW. In a meeting with the Mayor Donamaris Ramírez-Paris Lobo, himself a visionary for a better future and better quality of life for Cúcuta, it was revealed the intent to acquire 10 additional units to be installed during the current year and also the wish to include an amount in next year's budget to continue with the project. The municipality is thus to create conditions to promote the inclusion of underground containers in the construction of new condominiums, shopping centres and residential projects in a large scale. This also indicates that may be imminent the agreement with local suppliers for the manufacture of various SOTKON components in order to reduce import costs with equipment that, to date, is fully derived from SOTKON’s plant in Portugal,.
Certainly these are decisive steps towards a more clean and organized city, that will bring short-term social, environmental and economic benefits to the Colombian city.
In the picture, Luis Laranjeira (left) and the Mayor Donamaris Ramírez-Paris Lobo after the meeting./PT