Belmopan- The Department of Environment (DOE) has contracted the international operating Polyeco Group to for the repackaging, transport and final disposal of dangerous chemicals (including DDT, PCB contaminated transformer oil, Aldrin, Dieldrin, and Endosulfan), obsolete pesticides and ozone depleting substances (global warming potential refrigerant gases).
Stockpiles of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) chemicals (including DDT, PCB contaminated transformer oil, and Pesticides such as Aldrin, Dieldrin, and Endosulfan) began accumulating since the 1990 as their use became banned in Belize due to their persistence in the environment and their toxic and carcinogenic properties.
The Polyeco Group is an international group, operating in many countries with over 40 years of experience in the handling and transportation of hazardous chemicals.
Under the contract Polyeco will be responsible for the safe packaging of the hazardous materials, transporting them within Belize to one central point for shipment to France, where they will be processed in an incinerator.
The DOE said to be happy that after two earlier failed attempts to dispose of the hazardous waste, concrete progress is being made to solve the situation with the accumulated stockpiles.