Wastage Capital of the World?

February 12, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

garbage_dumpMexico City is facing a trash disaster. Over  12,500 tons of garbage are produced each day by its 20 million residents. That’s enough garbage to fill four sports stadiums a year, according to this Reuters story, which goes on to say that Mexico City’s “sprawling dump [is] already crammed to bursting and under a closure order. One of the world’s biggest landfills, the Nezahualcoyotl dump site is a fifth the size of Manhattan.” It has spread so much that, now, “mountains of refuse piled several stories high are pressing against a major drainage canal that runs along the dump’s edge. That risks a rupture that could flood residential areas and the airport with stinking effluent and grime, says the federal government which ordered the dump closed in January. But city officials are stalling in court … asking for more time to implement ambitious recycling and green energy projects.

If the dump closes, citizens will “start chucking [garbage] wherever they can,” said Martha Delgado, the city’s head of environmental policy. “Crises should give us opportunities to change. We need a profound transformation in the way this city deals with its waste.”

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