03/02/2010

Chapala to begin trash separation

Chapala's ecology and sanitation departments are getting ready implement a trash separation

 By unanimous vote, on May 22 the Chapala city council authorized a pact between the local government and the SEMADES state environment agency that will lead to the development of a local solid waste processing and recycling facility.

The plant will be located on the outskirts of Santa Cruz de la Soledad nearing the boundary with Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos. SEMADES has approved the site and agreed to contribute two million pesos towards the construction of storage and processing hangers, installation of trenches for processing compost and acquisition of appropriate equipment.

The project is tied into the municipal government plans to initiate a community-wide program for trash separation at the source and selective garbage collection.

Chapala ecology department director Moctezuma Medina says that the government's objective is to collect, process and market all wastes can be recycled in some way. Everything else will be sent to the private landfill operated by GEN in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos. If all goes according to plans, the new waste management system should be in operation by early October.