Miguel A. Ray Chacon

Miguel A. Ray Chacon

Miguel A. Ray Chacon

Speaker | The Earth Group, Inc.

Guaynabo, PR | earthgroup@gmail.com

We are a Solid Waste & Recycling Consulting Company in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, since 1992. Besides Landfills, Transfer Stations, and Recycling Projects, in 2007 we designed the biggest (22 tons per day) composting facility in Puerto Rico.  Said facility won the 2009 the SWANA Compost Excellence Achivement  Award. Our Company has won two others Excellence Achievement Awards (Gold & Silver) plus our president in 2013 was awarded SWANA Faculty Award. We are conslutant to six municipalities in Puerto Rico servicing over 400,000 residents and 4 private sectors companies.

Session Code: 6A

Track: Business

Session Name: Options and Opportunities

Session Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Presentation Title: Compost Related Projects Opportunities and Challenges in Puerto Rico

Presentation Description: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico provides great opportunities for developing composting and related projects.  Its strategic location in the Caribbean as Commonwealth of the U.S., provides open compost market and related products to the region and the US.  USDA Rural Development funds are available to said projects such as Biochar, Compost, Mulch, Biodigester, and Water Preservation Projects and the PR government provide tax incentives for such projects.

Our Island geographic position validates the excellent attributes that the compost industry requires such as an average annual rainfall of 67 inches and an average temperature of 69° to 87° Fahrenheit, you could say that we have two summer seasons (May to October) winter-summer (November to April).
Hurricane Maria shatter a total of 30 million trees and eliminated 20% the island landfill capacity.  Puerto Rico compostable waste is 42%.   The Maria effects may advance the developing compost, mulch, biochar and biodigesters projects. 
 
The island has a 3.2 million population, and 1.4 million households, providing a constant solid waste flow and new energy requirements.   The energy cost and the of island transportation cost outrun production capacity and project developments.   The landfills capacity is distressed, the waste industry needs new waste management projects to divert reusables waste residuals such as compostables.  The island also needs to maintain its landfills and reusable projects to protect economic growth, one needs the other to survive.

The Agricultural industry also needs soil amendments to reduce production cost,  such as imported fertilizers, to compete against the imported produce, and it must adapt with economic alternatives such as compostables related projects. 

Puerto Rico has a few compost facilities that produces around 15,000 tons per year, but the potential of the island compostable residual is estimated, in 1,073,100 tons a year.