Qosqo want to ease the waste management infrastructure in the province of Cusco by implementing the first larger segregation and recycling plant in the region.
In the province of Cusco, 490 tons of solid waste are produced each day to be disposed of in one landfill that after 18 years of use is reaching its capacities. Each district transfers its solid waste with little or no sorting, so that day by day the amount of solid waste increases. Unfortunately, separation programs that have been implemented have not had the expected impact. The waste collection system throughout the city of Cusco is not differentiated, so all types of waste arrive at the compactor, which generates losses for the municipality and above all for the recyclers who are not able to recycle it.
Therefore, Qosqo considers starting a recycling plant with a manual and mechanical segregation machine that will generate decent jobs and above all will reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Their plant is based on machinery that works with solar panels which will be installed on top of the roofs of the plant so that it runs on renewable energy with lesser maintenance costs. The machines that will be installed for the separation have been quoted from companies that have experience in this area, opting for the ones that guarantee clean technology processes.
The sorting of solid waste will prevent it from reaching the old Jaquira landfill and in return, allow a lot of inorganic waste to be reused, supporting a circular economy.