Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Some of Playa del Carmen’s old swimming buoys are being refurbished as city garbage cans.
About 40 buoys that were once used for the safe beach program have been collected and remodeled so they can be used as city garbage cans since the buoys can no longer be used in swimming areas.
The old buoys required a little remodeling as Hugo Uribe Nicolás, director of the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat) explained. He said the cylinders are approximately one meter in length and that the very thick, durable plastic had to be cut on one side. With that accomplished, the buoys will now become garbage containers that the city will begin placing around Solidaridad today starting at the beaches.
The 40 swimming buoys were part of a 140-buoy beach investment from the previous administration at a cost of six million peso. They were installed in April 2014, but not all the buoys remain suitable for safety purposes. The remaining 100 buoys are still in good condition and are used by Zofemat in other beach areas.