Service area means such area of the country as may from time to time be declared by the Authority with the approval of the Minister to be provided with solid waste collection service pursuant to this Act; Under this legal context, the specific role of the BSWaMA includes overseeing the implementation and management of solid waste actions such as waste management education and promotional programs, planning and implementation of waste management facilities including transfer stations, recycling services and solid waste landfills.
The Solid Waste ManagementÂ facilities (Transfer Stations and Sanitary Landfill) constructed under the Solid Waste Management Project are managed by the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and PASA Belize Limited oversees the day to day operations of the facilities.
In Belize there are no standard waste collection vehicles. Across the country, waste is collected in various types of vehicles ranging from dump trucks, pickups, tractor trailer and compactor trucks. The BSWaMA is not directly involved in the waste collection aspect of solid waste management. The SWMP beneficiary municipalities or the Contractors to the municipalities are responsible for the collection of solid waste and subsequent haulage to the Transfer Stations. Residents are encouraged to bag their garbage and place it in a covered garbage container. Yard clippings/green waste should be bagged or bundled for ease of collection. Tree limbs should be no longer than 4 ft in length.
The Authority currently manages the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill which is located at Mile 24 on the George Price Highway approximately 2 miles heading North. The facility is operational and is currently receiving waste from the municipalities of Belize City and San Ignacio/Santa Elena , Benque Viejo. The Regional Sanitary Landfill site is also equipped with hazardous waste cells.