Solid waste roundup

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Officials from Mexican environmental authority Semarnat will meet to discuss options to build a new landfill for the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta, local daily El Informador reported.

The Jalisco state city's current landfill is receiving some 500t/d of solid waste, despite not having capacity for such quantities, presenting an "environmental contingency," the paper reported.

The city awarded a contract to the company Envir Eau at the end of last year to build the present landfill, which Semarnat's sustainable development authority Semades ordered closed because it lacked environmental permits, an action that was eventually struck down in court.

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Semarnat has provided the Jalisco government with 27mn pesos (US$2.5mn) to build a new landfill, but works have not begun because the city and business that will build the new landfill have not yet come to an agreement on the project.


Central Mexican state Hidalgo governor Miguel Osorio will request from Semarnat an extension on the deadline for the state's municipalities to close all of their open-air landfills, local daily Milenio reported.

The extension request comes as works for a new landfill for state capital Pachuca - such as land acquisition, feasibility studies and the selection of a company - are currently being held up because of delays in obtaining finance for the project from national public works bank Banobras, the paper reported.

While a new landfill for the state's municipalities will likely not be built by the end of the current municipal administrations in 2009, the goal is for works to be left in an "advanced state" by that point, the paper quoted attorney general Saúl Arciniega as saying.

Municipal leaders expressed at a meeting their desire to invite through state ecology board Coede various companies to compete to build the new landfill facility, although only one was present at the meeting.


Northern Mexican state Coahuila's capital Saltillo has completed the purchase of seven municipal collector vehicles for 8mn pesos (US$738,000), increasing the city's total fleet to 43, local daily Vanguardia reported.

While the city currently collects trash in all 112 of its sectors, trucks from 1995 and 1996 are presently used as replacements when newer vehicles are taken in for maintenance, the paper reported.