Mexican city shuts down open-pit landfills

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The municipal government of Matamoros, located in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, has shut down all the open-air dump sites that were operating in the municipality, according to local press reports.

Local mayor Jesús de la Garza was reported as saying that the final closure of the open-air landfill sites and subsequent rehabilitation will require a 3mn peso (US$159,000) investment.

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The funds will be provided by the federal government and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (COCEF), a bi-national institution created in 1993 by the governments of the United States and Mexico to help improve environmental conditions in the border region in order to improve the well-being of residents in both nations.

A portion of the funds will be used to open a new sanitary landfill site, according to local press.

Earlier in the year, a municipal council member asked authorities to rehabilitate the city's regional landfill given that its current conditions made it unable to meet the municipality's needs, since it which generates around 10,000t of solid waste per month.