Mexico City triples volume of daily treatment of rubbish

13:55, May 19, 2010      

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Mexico City has tripled the amount of rubbish it separates to 300 tons a day this year, although the figure is only 2.5 percent of the total waste produced in the city, said a city council official on Tuesday.

Fernando Aboitiz, the city council's head of Works and Services, said that the increasing rubbish classification work done in public markets has led to the substantial growth in the quantity of treated waste. Households have been required to separate their rubbish into organic and non-organic waste since 2005.

The country's Environment Ministry has repeatedly ordered the closure of the Bordo Poniente landfill in eastern Mexico City. But the order has been left unfulfilled because the city has few alternatives to the massive rubbish dump.

Mexico City's mayor told reporters earlier this month that the city aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7 million tons a year, by spending around 60 billion pesos (4.72 billion U.S.dollars) on a variety of projects in the city.

Organic rubbish decomposition is a key emitter of the greenhouse gas, methane, which is 21 times more powerful in trapping heat than carbon dioxide.

The government of Mexican President Felipe Calderon has ordered all regions, including Mexico City, to draw up plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as part of a unilateral commitment by the nation, to cut the emissions by 50 million tons a day by the end of Calderon's presidency.

Calderon's commitment to green issues has been recognized by the United Nations, which awarded Mexico the honor of hosting the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in November.



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