With strong governmental policies, Bell Ville municipality has proposed the implementation of actions to decrease damages to the environment and the people, particularly climate change factors and its consequences.
Partial closure of North dump
The municipality has concluded the closure of the solid urban waste deposit placed in the North of the city, with a $2.700.000 investment. Approximately 12.000 square meters of terrain were recovered and more than 16.000 cubic meters of material were mobilized. They were compacted into piles of up to 6 meters high in order to plant a vegetative cover and trees afterwards.
The definite closure of the dump will depend on the incomes provided by the Special Fund for the Solid Urban Waste Treatment and Environmental Sanitation.
For that purpose, the collaboration of neighbours with waste separation is needed, in order to decrease the amount of waste.
The municipality has already received the final report of geological and hydrogeological studies for the development of a new projected place for the final urban solid waste disposal. It will be placed in the municipal area where the sewage treatment plant of the city is currently working. “The environment cannot be negotiated, it’s future, it’s commitment and strength; for that reason, we are working with all institutions at an international, national, provincial and local level”, claimed mayor Carlos Briner.
The task was carried out with municipal funds under a work protocol agreed with CEAMSE, with Protec Servicios S.A. in charge. It was led by the prestigious Claudio Carignano.It should be noted that this is the first time that this kind of study is undertaken, guaranteed by the Professional Geologist of the Province College.
Results show that the area is suitable for the intended project, so the next phase is the Environmental Impact Assessment. The study will have two courses of action. One regards the Union Department Regional Community, and is focused on accelerating the process of getting the Environmental License for the future Sorting, Processing, Treatment and Final Disposal of Urban Solid Waste plant of Bell Ville. The other course, within the CEAMSE agreement, looks for a sustainable solution for the waste disposed at the local dump.
Besides, another goal of the environmental zone is to encourage the development of industries that generate energy from household and industrial waste.
The plan of urban and periurban afforestation is now ongoing, developed as part of the Environmental Partner Agreement with the Province through the Unión Regional Community and with more than a hundred institution
By the end of 2021, the municipality predicts that 4.300 trees will be planted, 500 of which have already been located, particularly the Casuarina type. The municipal plant center works as a educational space for children, in which to learn strategies to protect the environment.
Recently, the mayor Carlos Briner participated in the II National Meeting of Mayors against Climate Change in San Lorenzo, Santa Fe. The Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change (RAMCC) is an instrument of coordination and encouragement of public local policies against Climate Change in cities and villages from Argentina.
The entity coordinates local actions, fosters the experiences and knowledge exchange and assesses the results of the local plans, based on the international organizations’ guidelines. Besides, it executes municipal, regional or national projects or programmes related to the mitigation or adaptation to the Climate Change, mobilizing local, national or international resources.
Other actions undertaken by the municipality of Bell Ville include policies to encourage education and job training programs; “removal-of-paper” within the municipality and replacement of the current paper with an ecological one; the expansion and improvement of the municipal plant center; and the maintenance of Natural Reserve Tau Park along with environmentalist NGOs. Consequently, the “lung” of the city has been transformed into a green classroom where thousands of students are learn about environmental protection every year.