It’s about time! Mazatlán will have a sanitary landfill

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The Mazatlán city council has received demands regarding the final destination given to the waste

MAZATLÁN.- Mayor Édgar Augusto González Zataráin pointed out that the first three months of 2023 will focus on working and executing the sanitary landfill project for Mazatlán.

He indicated that next week they will start with the bidding or contracting of offices that will carry out the studies for the place where the space for the final disposal of the garbage will be located and although he did not reveal where the municipality will be, it already has a piece of land.

“We are going to transit with a new sanitary landfill that complies with the regulations that is allowed, like most of the municipalities that comply with the regulations in the country, the current one does not comply, it must be said clearly, that is why it has many fines,” he said.

Five months ago, the city council received a demand that amounts to more than 30 million pesos derived from environmental damage, due to the combustion of waste.

In the event that the studies come out positive next year, the transition and the definitive closure of the current dump will begin, which will lead to a process of mitigation of damages that entails a large investment.

“We are working on a study to close the other, damage mitigation studies that are very expensive but we are going to enter it, but for you to open a new one you also have to commit to closing the other, so we are working on both.”

What are the requirements to create a sanitary landfill?

Every sanitary landfill requires:

  1. A soil study to detect underground currents that could be affected by the production of leachate and the totally invasive topography.
  2. A membrane that covers its entire area.
  3. Cover material to immediately cover debris and minimize odors and bird presence.
  4. Collection systems for leachate that are multiplied by the increase in volume given the amount of rain in the season.
  5. Greenhouse gas collector systems and their processing or burning.
  6. Compacting equipment for the waste that is deposited.

In accordance with NOM-083-SEMARNAT-2003, only hazardous waste is prohibited from entering sanitary landfills.