Peru Sanitation

Minister of the Environment Delivers Trucks for the Improvement of Public Cleaning Services

Minister of the Environment Delivers Trucks for the Improvement of Public Cleaning Services

In June of 2024, 40,000 inhabitants in the Nueva Cajamarca district received new trucks in support of the project to build more sanitary landfills for the whole province of Rioja. Seven trucks were delivered on Monday (June 24) the Ministry of Environment (known as Minam) to the District Municipality of Nueva Cajamarca in the region to improve public cleaning services, while simultaneously trying to help the quality of life of the 400,000 inhabitants in the town.

Minam helped to deliver a variety of trucks for multiple purposes, in order to benefit the storage, transport and collecting of debris that is made to increase sustainable efficiency of the city. This was made up of two railing trucks holding up to five tons, and five compactor trucks- both investment amounts leading to account for more tons of garbage being collected daily and escalating sustainability in general.

The delivery of the trucks was announced in a spectacle in the Plaza de Armas of Nueva Cajamarca, which was led by the Minister of the Environment, Juan Carlos Castro, and mayors of the province Jubinal Nicodemos and WIlliam Sanchez. In addition, the head of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State Service, Jose Carlos Nieto, also participated. 

For further information, it’s crucial to know the importance of having a proper waste management system.  This may cause health issues, environmental degradation and contamination, reducing environmental quality overall. A Department of Environmental Management has stated it can cause potential threats to human health, harm or kill animals, damage plants and natural resources, and spread diseases.



Minister of the Environment Delivers Trucks for the Improvement of Public Cleaning Services. Image Credit: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Peru.



More physical hazards would include anything around open waste dumps or landfills, where people can come into contact with toxic smoke, illegal drug lab waste, contamination with medical waste that can cause life-altering diseases like HIVor Hepatitis, amongst other dangerous things that could affect people in an instant. It can go so far as to marine and animal death, lower biodiversity, affecting everything in the chain.  

In addition to this topic, Minister Juan Carlos Castro stated the trucks will reinforce how solid waste is managed in the district, including the actions of the Ministry of Environment allowing them to contribute to keeping cities clean and attracting more tourists, who keep the resources needed for the localities and population afloat. He included the further implementation for this type of measure is to clean and keep a more sustainable Peru to attract more investments. Also, he encouraged citizens of the region to place their waste into the right containers for recycling promotion. 

The vehicles were delivered as part of a project that was put into place by Minam through a policy called Executing Unit 003 “Comprehensive Management of Environmental Quality”, which includes delivery of vehicles and containers. Last year, it was recorded that 30 containers were delivered. The province had been promoting construction of an economic plan for final disposing of solid waste (sanitary landfills), recycling plants and plants responsible for getting rid of compost responsibly.

The trucks, even if there’s only a few of them, will benefit Peru’s environment and people to treat their waste management systems. This will help habitat conservation, cost savings of degradation, including help of businesses to comply with more policies and regulations. Overall, the trucks will provide great feedback to the communities and the country. In celebration of the trucks, Minister Castro Vargas was responsible for delivering another truck to the Awajun Regional Indigenous Federation of Alto Mayo (FERIAAM) in charge of Sernanp, whose goals are to help the coordination within the indigenous communities deep in the buffer zones of the Alto Mayo Protection Forest, to help monitor and boost surveillances for the protected natural area. 


Khaleb Hernandez | Environmental Correspondent

Hello everyone! I am currently a senior studying Environmental Science and Policy in Tampa, Florida. Before I moved to the United States, I was raised in Guatemala City- where I was exposd to an abundance of environmental injustices and experiences. With my mother being from Colombia, I’ve traveled to various places around Central and South America to realize there are many topics not being addressed for the well-being of smaller communities, mostly indigenous or communities living under the poverty line. Hearing people’s stories inspired me to dig deeper into how these communities have adapted to their way of living, including lacking the basic resources we have access to in our daily lives. With Latina Republic, I aspire to share their stories and bring awareness to their unique circumstances, including giving them the attention they need in all forms. I am confident sharing stories will attract a greener future and more opportunities to guide the right people into improving the ways of living in Central and South America.