Landfill Company Will Remain in San José

June 18, 2004

THE Canadian company EBIBERTHIER, which administers the onlylandfill in the San José area, hasannounced it will continue operating, LaRepública reported.Presidency Minister Ricardo Toledosaid the Executive Branch of the CostaRican government would work with thecompany to resolve community problemsin La Carpio, just west of San José.The impoverished, crime-ridden communityis adjacent to the landfill, and EBIexecutives said last week they were consideringceasing operations there unlessthe government could guarantee physicaland operational security for employees ofthe landfill (TT, June 11).That announcement followed a violentriot that erupted in La Carpio the weekbefore, in which at least 30 people wereseriously injured (TT, June 4).EBI executives also announced lastweek the Municipality of San José owesthe company $1 million as the result of atariff error made when the landfill beganoperations in 2001.The landfill, called the San JoséEnvironmental Technology Park, processesaround 700 tons of garbage daily.

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