Ministry of Environment implements plan to turn Duquesa into a city park area


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Feb 20, 2019

The Ministry of Environment is moving forward with the shutdown of the Duquesa landfill. The Ministry announced the planting of 3,500 trees in a 86,000 square meter area, marking the start of the implementing of the forestry component of the technical closure process for the landfill. Eventually, the entire landfill area of 1,300,000 m2 will be planted. The area in northern Santo Domingo will become a recreational park.

Deputy Minister José Elías González said several species of trees are being planted, including mara (Calophyllum calaba), guaiac (Guaiacum officinale), saman (Samanea saman).

As part of closing the landfill, a rainwater drainage system is under construction. A leachate management system is being installed to eliminate harmful contaminants that can impact water sources. Likewise, the project includes the installation of a waste...

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JD Jones

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Jan 7, 2016
Odd place for a park, to say the least.

And who would want to visit a park next to a waste processing plant?


Jan 12, 2010
This morning I had to drive into the capital from the east and even 8 kilometres out of the city the skyline of the multi story buildings was hidden by filthy air and it has been getting worse every year . Similarly, La Romana at night has air full of foul smoke. It is the burning off of garbage which goes on legally and illegally . Similarly the tip outside of Higuey pushes foul smoke into the air . Always worse air shortly after the cruise ships dock in La Romana. But Duquesa has been the worst . I do not know how they will cover up all the toxic material so that trees will grow but I hope that they will have success and that the locals who are incredibly poor can enjoy something better than acres of garbage and rotten air. I read that there are more than 12000 people living in and around the tip. I hope that the closure and the building of a large processing plant is made a priority