07 Jul '12, 11am

Mexico City Shoppers Swap Trash for Fresh Food

Mexico City Shoppers Swap Trash for Fresh Food

Michael Mees /CC BY 2.0 . A food market in Mexico City. The idea of trash as food may be a bit controversial (especially if you bring your dumpster-dived delicacies to a pot luck ), but trading trash for food has proven wildly popular in Mexico City. The sprawling city's 20 million residents generate some 12,600 metric tons of trash a day, a figure the government is keen to reduce, especially following the closure last year of the massive Bordo Poniente landfill . One of the solutions it has devised is a monthly barter market , the Mercado de Trueque, where people can swap recyclables for farm-fresh produce. Trading Plastic For Produce Participants who bring glass, plastic, aluminum, and paper and cardboard waste to the market, held in a centrally located park, receive "green points" good at a nearby farmers' market where the vendors are paid by the city and come from farm...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/mexico-city-shoppers...

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