Integrated Urban Solid Waste Management Program - Request II

Country: Argentina

Reception date: July, 23 2021

Current Status: Open




Summary of the Request

The Request describes environmental harm to the community, their patrimony, and economic activities (with a differentiated impact to the livelihoods of women), as well as to the Requester’s health, due to the future construction and operation of a regional garbage dump/landfill in an area close to lagoons and water sources.

Specifically, the Requesters warn of a substantial and direct harm in the area of impact of the Project due to the contamination of water basins; the irreversible destruction of biodiversity and severe damage to two large wetlands and arable land. They add that the operation of the garbage dump will have as a consequence the depreciation of the land value and a negative impact on productive activity in fields (agricultural production, organic crops, beekeeping, etc. With differentiated effects and more concentrated for women who own businesses and real estate in the area). Likewise, they alleged the eventual deterioration in the community’s health, given that now they would have to live near waste; and even they would possibly be forced to abandon their activities in the impacted zone (schools, housing, community centers, jobs, etc.).

They also inform that the selection of the plot for the garbage dump was improvised, without the corresponding permits from the landowners and without an adequate analysis of alternatives and / or with environmental, social, and anthropic studies, with complete information on all negative impacts for the community.

Finally, they warned about the lack of public information about the Project and adequate public consultations in accordance with IDB Policies to give consent, by the affected population, for the landfill`s construction.



Recent actions

On June 23, 2023, the Consultation Phase Report was distributed to the Board of Executive Directors for its consideration under short procedure. The Report includes the agreement reached between the parties on June 14, 2022, and its monitoring plan. This agreement included commitments on the final design of the project and specific areas that should be part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) and the Environmental and Social Management Plan. On May 30, 2023, after the preparation of the ESIA, the sixth dialogue session was held, in which no new commitments were incorporated to those already defined in the partial agreement of 2022. In this way, the dialogue process was concluded. The monitoring stage of the agreements began on July 20, 2023, after the approval of the Monitoring Plan by the Board of Executive Directors.


Past actions

On July 28, 2021, MICI notified the Requesters and Bank Management of the registration of the Request.

On September 28, 2021, MICI determined that the Request was eligible because it met all the eligibility criteria established in the MICI Policy. This determination of eligibility is not an assessment of the merits of the Request or of the issues contained therein.

The Request was transferred to the Consultation Phase as per the decision of the Requesters.

On November 8th, 2021, MICI submitted its Assessment Report of the Consultation Phase, indicating that a dispute resolution process is feasible.

On November 8th 2022, the Consultation Phase process was extended for an additional period of nine months.




Project Number:


Environmental Category:


Project Name:

Integrated Urban Solid Waste Management Program.



Project Type:

Loan Operation

IDB Financing:

USD 150,000,000

Consultation Process
Recommendation for a CR and ToRs
CR Report


Consultation Phase (CP)

Compliance Review Phase (CRP)

Chronology and documents

Steps and milestonesDateRemarksDocuments


Request Receipt

2021-07-23Requests of a confidential nature are not published. 


Notice of Registration

2021-07-285 business days from the date of receipt of the Request or 15 business days when further information is required from the Requesters.


Management Response

2021-09-0121 business days from the date of notice of registration. The response will be published as an annex to the Eligibility Memorandum.


Eligibility due date

2021-09-2821 business days from the date of receipt of Management Response or 45 business days after the Suspension is granted. 


Eligibility Memorandum Public Disclosure

2021-10-15As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.
Consultation phase


Deadline for Assessment

2021-12-1040 business days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum. 


Assessment Report Public Disclosure

2021-11-22As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.
Consultation Phase Process


Consultation Phase Process deadline

2022-11-0812 calendar months from the date of issuance of the Assessment Report. 


Deadline Extension for the Consultation Phase Process

2023-08-08Extension of the deadline for the Consultation Phase Process


Consultation Phase Report Public Disclosure

2023-07-20Disclosure of this document takes place after Board consideration.