This week the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission published its final reports with actionable and timely recommendations for the responsible use of recovery funds. This focused on rebuilding Puerto Rico in a resilient and sustainable manner; physically, economically, and socially.
Our very own Eng. Hanna Rodríguez, as current President of the Natural Disaster Management Assistance Commission of the PR Professional College of Engineers and Land Surveyors (CIAPR, per Spanish acronym) and International Board Representative of the SWANA Caribbean Chapter, took part in the Physical Infrastructure Working Group discussions. Her input led to the development of visionary goals that strive for an Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) system. The development or improvement of island-wide metrics will lead to better decision making and improvement of this industry, as discussed on the goal identified as A9 (see below and click images for the full document).
Additionally, goal A30 is focused on developing community-based programs with the adoption of circular economy approaches. The increasing world-wide restraint on recyclable materials markets will further jeopardize existing and potential future diversion infrastructure. A trickle down effect will continue to strain landfill lifespans. Hence, with Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) approaches even at the community level, opportunities will present for reduction, reuse, as well as domestic market development.