Population growth sees massive garbage increase for Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – During the first eight months of the year, the municipality of Solidarity has collected 132,000 tons of garbage.

On average, garbage collectors around the city collect 550 tons per day, although, according to municipal authorities, these figures tend to increase during high seasons. During high season, these daily figures increase to between 750 and 800 tons, most of which, comes from hotels and tourist areas.

These new figures show a 25 percent increase in waste for Solidarity from last year. Officials say the increase is due to the quickly rising population and continual expansion of Playa del Carmen.

Noel Crespo Vazquez, CEO of Public Service in Solidarity, says, “Obviously with the construction of new homes and an increase in population, this generates a need for additional service, so we have to cover these new routes. Usually we have 550 tones, but in high season, these numbers increase to 750 or 800 tons per day. Last year, the daily average maximum was 500 tons.”

He added that as of now, the city is operating 54 trucks with garbage compactors along 42 routes. These routes cover urban, residential, tourist and hotel areas as well as the town of Puerto Aventuras.

“It is expected that during the days of patriotic celebrations we will see an increase of between 15 and 20 percent in the production of garbage, mainly in the center and tourist areas during the weekend like high season,” he explained.

Crespo Vazquez says that the landfills are currently operated by PASA. He says that PASA has three cells for landfills, two of which have already hit capacity and a third that is currently 20 percent full.

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