SOIL Uses EcoSan Technology to Treat Wastes From Caracol Industrial Park

SOIL is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Caracol Industrial Park  in northern Haiti. After experiencing a technical issue  in one of their waste collection tanks, Caracol approached SOIL’s Cap-Haitien office about collecting and composting the wastes from the tank to allow for Caracol technicians to make needed repairs. As there are very few waste treatment options available in Haiti (government-run waste treatment facilities in Haiti currently treat toilet wastes from less than five percent of the population), this collaboration ensures that the 1,500 gallons of waste collected from Caracol will be safely treated and transformed into rich, organic agricultural-grade compost.

In working with Caracol, SOIL is able to lend assistance to an internationally recognized and highly visible effort to increase economic opportunity and attract business to Haiti. And this contract also enables SOIL to apply our innovative EcoSan technology in a new setting. We have exciting plans over the coming year to diversify waste treatment operations at the SOIL EcoSan waste treatment facilities in order to increase overall waste treatment access in Haiti and to increase the quantity of valuable compost being produced. This project with Caracol is an exciting first  showcase of the flexibility and wide-scale applicability of ecological sanitation, and thus the true power and potential of SOIL’s work in Haiti. Over the coming years we increasingly plan to accept wastes from other sanitation operations on a contractual basis, encouraging private sector partnerships with the aim of increasing the availability of EcoSan services and helping to improve sanitation interventions throughout Haiti.

Photos from the Emptying of the Caracol Industrial Park Waste Collection Tank

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  • Brian Cady
    September 25, 2013 (4:47 pm)

    I worry that industrial park waste might have significant concentrations of heavy metals, rendering it’s composted output better for non-food use.
    I’ve heard that industrial heavy metal wastewater contamination comes mostly from a few, excludable sources; mostly metal plating shops. Hence the sludge flow might be cleaned up, if polluted with heavy metals.

    • Monika Roy
      September 25, 2013 (8:40 pm)

      Hi Brian, we hear your concern about composting heavy metal wastewater and then using the finished compost on food crops. In fact, the 3 sources feeding this septic tank are all from toilets and showers/sinks, thus averting any heavy metal concerns. Regardless, we test our compost, and would be very interested to see heavy metal test results from compost made from industrial waste. Thanks for keeping an eye out!

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