Who We Are

The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) was formally established through the enactment of the Solid Waste Management Authority Act, 1991, Chapter 224 of the laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000. The Authority was established to ensure that solid waste generated in the country is managed in an environmentally sound manner.

Our Responsibility

The BSWaMA, in conjunction with Local Government bodies and other stakeholders, is responsible for the safe and environmentally sound management of solid waste in Belize. Through the application of the concept of Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management and working within the framework of the waste management hierarchy, the BSWaMA, will continuously strive to improve on and contribute to the protection of human health/safety and the environment, the conservation of natural resources, and the promotion of the occupational health/safety of workers in the waste sector, both formal and informal.

Our Mission

The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority Is governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the policy and general administration of the affairs of the BSWaMA. The Authority, under the SWMA Act, is charged:

  • With the approval of the Minister, by Order published in the Gazette, declare any area in Belize to be a service area provided that no Order shall be made in respect of an area within the jurisdiction of a local authority, except by a resolution of the local authority concerned.
  • Make arrangements for the collection and disposal of all solid waste within a service area in accordance with the Act or any regulations.
  • The Authority may, with the approval of the Minister, engage the services of a contractor to provide an efficient solid waste collection service within the service area.
  • Preparation of a comprehensive regulatory framework including technical guidelines and/or standards related to solid waste management and Private Sector Participation.
  • Prescribe charges and cost recovery mechanisms.