28 Dec '11, 7pm

Mexico Closes Giant Landfill, Aims to Make Waste Management System Green

Mexico Closes Giant Landfill, Aims to Make Waste Management System Green

Mexico closed one of the world's largest landfills this month, but it's not just going to stop accepting trash: The Mexico City government is looking to build a biogas plant to turn the methane produced by the waste in the dump into energy, as well as open a recycling plant to salvage some of the waste and find it a second life. The Boston Globe reports that construction waste will be recycled into building material, and the BBC reports that a cement company has already agreed to buy 3,000 tons of dry waste a day to burn as fuel. There's also a composting plant for the organic waste. The city says it is also negotiating with 1,500 pepenadores ("scavengers" or "waste pickers"): informal workers who play a key role, though unofficial, in Mexico's (and many other developing countries') waste management system. The 927-acre landfill, Bordo Poniente, was collecting up to 12,000...

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