Garbage piles up after Mexico City landfill closes
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Jan. 5 — Confusion over exactly when a closure of Mexico City´s Bordo Poniente Landfill would occur has caused piles of trash to appear in various parts of the city, the El Universal newspaper reported.

The landfill was closed earlier than haulers expected, the newspaper reported, and an alternate landfill and transfer stations have been backed up. Some drivers told the paper it took them up to 12 hours to unload their trucks.

“We hope to resolve the problem in the coming days,” Rosalie Nava, director of transfer for the Ministry of Works, told BBC Mundo.

The landfill was officially closed on Dec. 19 and was considered one of the world´s largest, BBC Mundo said.

The city´s diversion rate climbed from 6% to 60% in the last three years, the Associated Press has said, so the landfill was deemed no longer necessary.

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Jeremy Carroll at jcarroll@crain.com or 313-446-6780.

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