Our influence on the situation in the region
Haiti is one of the most problematic regions worldwide, related to waste collection and recycling. Therefore, it is one of the priority areas for the pollution issue resolving. Our EDV-Recycling company, together with the PlasticBank project, is working hard to improve the population's environmental state as well as resolving the employment issues in the country.
Our joint efforts contributed to getting rid of the current region of a huge garbage amount as well as provide the poor population with an opportunity to get vital items of everyday household baskets, which were previously inaccessible to them.
The current statistics and situation in the region
The garbage issue emerged especially since garbage is not properly disposed while being stored in residential areas and unauthorized places.
Haiti has the most difficult situation in the continent's waste management industry, according to a report by the North American Solid Waste Management Association. This is one of the poorest countries worldwide, which is literally buried in the garbage because the authorities don’t deal with its disposal issue. Port-au-Prince, the country's capital, produces over 1700 tons of municipal solid waste daily, for example. This is not so much compared to large cities. However, the authorities can recycle or organize stockpiled just 20% of the current volume, due to the lack of both infrastructure and funds.
The country's major landfill ceased its operations due to the riots that occurred in 2004. So, the result is the massive garbage dumping into rivers, canals, and roadways. Some streets literally become impassable once the garbage mounds growth on them.
Haiti's litter issue is compounded by its extreme vulnerability to natural emergencies. The current issue has already become habitual since there they tend to fail to dispose of garbage, but sometimes they don’t even take it to landfills, as it has been previously mentioned. It goes straight to the Caribbean Sea, which then returns all that doesn’t sink to the inhabitants back with the surf.