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Since 1990, the Puerto Rico Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) has been working on a plan to upgrade its solid waste management and disposal system in compliance with federal regulations enacted last year. The SWMA has now disclosed its achievements while working with city governments to rehabilitate or shut down 60 of the 62 landfills operating in Puerto Rico.
According to Jaime Ortiz Otero, executive director of SWMA, the closing and rehabilitation is being paid for with $30 million obtained from the Community Development Grant program.
Only one of the 17 landfills scheduled to close before October 1993 has completed shutdown procedures. However, seven …