The quantity and composition
of the waste has been analysed and thoroughly described. The
analysis was performed last year, by Consultería Ingeniería
Industrial y Ambiental ("Industrial and Environmental
Engineering Consultancy" by Timon Skoddow: email@example.com)
Although the waste changes as the village grows
and develops (population growth of more than 3% p.a. and considerable
economic growth), these figures found an important base for
our choice of strategy.
by far dominant fraction in the waste is organic (80%), followed
by plastics, paper and metals (see diagram right). The ratio
of organic matter in Almolonga is about the inverse of the
ratio in urban areas.
The total annual waste generation is estimated to be close
to 3.000 tons. This indicates an average of 0.55Kg waste pr
inhabitant pr day. This is a relatively high number in a rural
context, and nearly as high as for the capital.
The waste generation varies throughout the year,
peaking in harvesting seasons at more than 72 tons weekly.
During the religious celebration of "San Pedro Apóstol"
in the end of June, the waste generation is extraorinary high,
reaching around 20 tonns pr day, though this situation only
lasts for a few days. In low season the average weekly waste
generation is around 45 tons.