DF begins US$5mn waste reduction effort

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mexico's federal district (DF) government has allocated 60mn pesos (US$4.96mn) to a program to separate organic and inorganic waste, which aims to reduce the volume of urban waste sent to landfill.

Beginning Thursday (March 3), DF workers will collect organic waste on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with inorganic waste to be collected the remaining days, the DF website reported.

The program is part of an agreement signed by the city and federal government in November to close the Borde Poniente landfill. The dump is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the city, said mayor Marcelo Ebrard.

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Of the 9,500t of garbage that is sent to the landfill, some 4,000t is organic and needs to be separated, according DF public works head Fernando Aboitiz. The organic waste collected will be composted, the report said.