Ban on incinerator proposed for country

Opponents of trash incineration say they are working on a proposal to submit to the legislature that would prohibit that type of garbage treatment in Costa Rica.

The issue is developing in the canton of León Cortes where the  Grupo Ecologista León Cortés opposes the municipality’s decision to install an incinerator. Current law and a recent decree by President Luis Guilermo Solís allow the construction of incinerators.

The activist groups claim that the incinerators are bad for the environment. They also are calling on government agencies to reject the plans for incineration.

The organizations generally favor recycling and one said that an incinerator in León Cortes would destroy current recycling efforts there.

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