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Overview: During the past 15 years, Chile has worked very hard to identify the many environmental problems in the country. It has conducted studies and implemented monitoring systems in order to dictate regulations and standards and define strategies for prevention, decontamination and clean production. Today, Chile has a leading role in the region, due to its environmental laws and a stable economy. Many Latin American countries follow the model that Chile is using or has already tested. As a result, Chile has become a platform country for the transfer of environmental technology and expertise to other Latin American countries.
In the water/sanitary sector, regulations in place are key to generating a larger demand for pollution control equipment, specifically in water and wastewater treatment equipment and technologies, waste management and engineering, and consulting services. By 2010, Chile expects to reach 100% coverage in terms of potable water, sanitation, sewage, and 98% of water treated. However, the area where Chile has made extraordinary progress is in waste management. Since 2005, Chile has put in place a Management Policy for Solid Waste. During recent years, Chile has approved several norms in this area, including a Regulation for Hazardous Waste. Currently, almost 60 % of total residential waste is disposed in landfills that have sanitary and environmental certification. Recycling of domestic solid waste has become a growing business. As of 2004, about 9% of solid waste from Santiago was recycled annually. The 2010 goal is 20%.
In wastewater treatment plants, an investment of more than $2 billion dollars is estimated between 2006 and 2016. Many projects have been completed and others are already underway. Local sources estimate that imported equipment accounts for approximately 25-30% of the total cost of new water treatment plants. The Santiago Metropolitan Region generates approximately seven million tons of waste per year, 50% of which is domestic waste. Nearly 60% of domestic waste is disposed of in landfills with environmental and sanitary guarantees. By law, each municipality is responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of its community. The municipalities are also in charge of calling for bids on solid waste projects.
Best Products/Services: Water and Waste Water Treatment: Project design and construction of water treatment plants; Preventive maintenance techniques in water treatment plants, such as vibration, laser alignment, oil dialysis and others; Models for the study of hydrodynamic behavior within certain processes; Biological biosolid evaporation processes and the latest generation biosolid evaporation systems; Recollection, transport, and building of landfills, especially outside of Santiago; Solid and hazardous waste management and disposal; Plastic/rubber liners for disposal sites; Hazardous/hermetic storage containers and drums; Recollection and disposal of construction and mining waste; Container compressor systems or other financially viable systems; Safe waste-handling implements; Autoclave machines, vapor sterilization and related services; and Consulting and engineering services