Some 22 municipalities are facing action from the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo because they have mismanaged or illegal garbage dumps.
The Tribunal issued a list Wednesday that includes six municipalities in Guanacaste: Santa Cruz, Cañas, Bagaces, Nicoya, Tilarán and La Cruz. In Alajuela province the municipalities are Alajuela, Naranjo, San Ramón, Los Chiles and Guatuso.
In Limón province actions have been launched against the Municipality of Limón for two dumps, Sandoval and Santa Rosa, and Siquirres and Pococí. In Puntarenas province actions are against Puntarenas, San Vito de Coto Brus, Cóbano and Golfito.
The municipalities in San José province are Acosta and Pérez Zeledón.
José Lino Chaves, president of the Tribunal, called the problem urgent and said that the municipalities must contract with authorized landfills or otherwise bring their garbage dumps into conformity.
He noted that the garbage problem is a major one for most municipalities and is a national issue.