USAID’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program – the agency’s flagship program for combating global ocean plastic pollution – enhances solid waste systems and capabilities to make sizeable contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. By building circular economies and improving system efficiencies, CCBO helps countries and communities around the world address the root causes of climate change and minimize their potential future impact, while also building more resilient systems and cities that can withstand and adapt to the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Samaná Province, Dominican Republic, primarily a tourist destination, produces over 134 tons of waste each day. Much of this waste is disposed of in open dumps, which emit methane and commonly spark air-polluting fires, as well as leak into local rivers and bays, flowing out to the sea. By remediating and beginning the closure of open dumps in the DR, CCBO has secured an estimated 31,345 Metric Tons (MT) – approximately 69 million lbs – from leaking into the environment and 217,675 MT – approximately 480 million lbs – of waste was aggregated through program technical assistance. This man, pictured here, walks through the open dump prior to its closure, picking more valuable pieces of waste.
On the Job: An Informal Waste Collector in the Dominican Republic
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