The K’ara K’ara dumpsite is located in Cochabamba, Bolivia and is about 25 ha in size. The total amount of waste in this landfill is estimated to be between 2.8 and 4 million tonnes; the Ministry of Environment and Water (2010) considers it to be a controlled disposal site. K’ara K’ara’s operations have been subject to health-related discussions because of its proximity (about 200m) to a nearby settlement. About 5,000 people have settled around the site since operations started in 1987 and Cochabamba city’s population of approximately 670,000 live within 10 km of the dumpsite (National Statistics Institute, Bolivia, n.d.). Cochabamba is one of the biggest cities in Bolivia and generates about 500 tons of domestic waste a day, of which 61 per cent is organic and 18 per cent is recyclable (Rodic, 2015a).
From collection: Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions - Sources and Solutions