Mexico shuts down 'world's biggest garbage dump'

Dec 20, 2011
Garbage collectors at work in Mexico City, in 2009. Authorities Monday shut down Mexico's -- and possibly the world's -- biggest garbage dump and said they would invite bids to exploit methane gas generated by the decomposing waste.

Authorities Monday shut down Mexico's -- and possibly the world's -- biggest garbage dump and said they would invite bids to exploit methane gas generated by the decomposing waste.

Waste Management Commission chief Fernando Menendez called the closing "historic" as "it is the world's largest (truck-filled open-air) dump."

The Bordo Poniente dump for years saw 200-250 trucks a day cast off their waste -- up to 6,000 tons a day at its peak. Dumping had slid recently to some 2,800 tons a day, as it neared capacity.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was on hand for closing day, and insisted that using the offset was key.

"A statement was published today that will allow us to open up bidding internationally," said Ebrard. "If the gas is not used, our goal is not achieved, which is to reduce gases being emitted into the ."

The dump, thought to hold millions of tons of compressed waste, towers over 17 meters high.

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Shifty0x88
not rated yet Dec 20, 2011
Glad to see Mexico trying to reduce it's carbon-emissions as well as trying to make a pretty penny by inviting international companies to come in and take the methane gas coming from the dump site.

I'm kind of surprised that they aren't using it to make power for their country
Callippo
1 / 5 (1) Dec 20, 2011
>Garbage collectors at work in Mexico City, in 2009. Authorities Monday shut down Mexico's .. biggest garbage dump

This waste most probably will not suddenly disappear just because of it.. What will happen with it instead?
GSwift7
1 / 5 (1) Dec 21, 2011
Unfortunately, the world's biggest garbage dump is the Ocean. I hope Mexico doesn't shift that waste to ocean dumping in stead. The water near Mexico City is already some of the most polluted in the world, according to the most recent stuff I have seen on that topic.