Semarnat looks to replicate Cancún waste-to-energy project

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mexican national environment agency Semarnat and the Mexico-Canada alliance of commerce have presented the findings of their Bio-Cancún waste-to-energy project, according to a Semarnat release.

The project, trialed in Cancún since 2009, uses organic waste from various municipalities to generate methane gas, which in turn can generate electricity.

The alliance created a bio-digester to process the organic waste using Canadian technology in Mexican waste companies.

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Semarnat hopes the project can be replicated in other tourist centers such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta as part of an integrated waste management strategy.

The use of this type of waste technology is promoted under the 2008-2012 program for the reduction and management of waste. Benefits include the lack of an end waste product, avoidance of odors and vermin present in sanitary landfills, as well as savings on electricity.

The Global Methane Initiative and the Canadian and Mexican governments all participated in the Bio-Cancún project, the first of its type in Mexico.