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Green effort in Mexico City leaves trashy mess

Reuters

Rubbish is piled up in between parked cars in downtown Mexico City, Dec. 26. After city authorities shut down the Bordo Poniente landfill, one of the largest dumps in the world, garbage has started to accumulate and trucks have been slower to pick it up, according to local media.

Mexico City’s largest landfill shut down on Monday, part of a planned shift to recycle more of the city’s garbage, but the green effort left piles of trash across the city. With locals complaining, garbage truck drivers counter that they’re unable to move as much trash as before since they’re having to drive farther to get rid of it.

The new system requires drivers to haul their trash 3 to 4 hours away from downtown, whereas previously it only took an hour. “The trucks take a while to get there,” driver Joel Gara Murillo told the city’s Canal 11 TV station.

On top of that, long lines have formed at the new transfer stations while the drivers and station workers get used to the new system.

Read more about the landfill project.

Marco Ugarte / AP

A woman covers her face as she walks past piled up garbage that accumulated over the Christmas weekend in front of the Monument to Benito Juarez, one of Mexico's most important statesmen, in downtown Mexico City, Dec. 26. Garbage disposal workers complain that since last week's official closing of the Bordo Poniente city dump,one of the world's largest, they are backed up trying to get rid of the garbage.

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Rubbish is piled up next to the monument of Mexico's late President Benito Juarez in Mexico City, Dec. 26.