Successfully completed training on PCBs waste management in Costa Rica

Polyeco Group in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and United Nations Development Programme successfully organized training on PCBs waste management within the framework of the project ‘Integral Management of PCBs’. The training event was held on 15th February in San Jose, with the presence of the Director of DIGECA (Dirección de Gestión de Calidad Ambiental) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Mrs. Shirley Soto Montero.

The training course was attended by 40 representatives of Government departments, Public bodies and Organizations.

Polyeco Group was represented by Mr. Kostas Tsirikos, Head of Project and Tender Management and Mr. George Chrysanthopoulos, Site Manager, who were the keynote speakers and trainers.

The main goal of the training was to transfer knowledge and increase capacity on comprehensive hazardous waste management. Participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with a sound management system for PCB contaminated equipment and waste.

The content of the training equally balanced between theory and practice, including: Information about the hazards of PCBs and other POPs waste; Health, Safety and Environmental plan; Emergency procedures; Site management and control; Monitoring and supervision of packaging operations; Selection, use and maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Packaging, labeling and safe storage of hazardous waste; Transboundary movement of hazardous waste – Basel Convention; Transport of hazardous waste in accordance with ADR and IMDG regulations etc.

The project was awarded to Polyeco on February 2017 through an international tendering procedure and includes packaging, removal, export and environmental sound destruction of approximately 150 tons of PCB based equipment and waste as well as POPs pesticides. The project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility and is being jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica.

The activities under this project have the overall purpose of assisting the country in meeting its obligations under the Stockholm Convention, and specifically as it relates to the elimination of PCBs and other POPs waste.

 

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