New Rules for Garbage Collection in Mexico City

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New Rules for Garbage Collection in Mexico City

As of July 8, 2017, the City Government created a new compulsory form for garbage collection. We must separate wastes and deposit them according to the following categories:

  • Organic waste: this refers to everything derivative from a biological origin like plants, animals, fruits, vegetables, food leftovers, etc. that can have a decomposition process. In the street you will find green containers for this type of garbage. By recycling these wastes, they can be transformed into food for animals or compost and even help to generate energy.
  • Recyclable inorganic waste: pieces such as plastic, glass, paper, cutlery, costume jewelry, wood, metal, etc. These products are reused to make new items, so it is important that they are not mixed with other types of leftovers. The grey containers are for them.
  • Non-recyclable inorganic waste: items considered in this category are cigarette butts, condoms, pads, wipes, cotton swabs, diapers, used toilet paper, styrofoam, fritter wrappers, footwear, pens, gum and Band-Aids. If you go down the street you will identify orange containers to place there the proper residue.

There will be a special collection on Sundays for bulky household electrical waste such as washing machines, computers, refrigerators, televisions, microwaves, blenders, mixers, pans, etc.

In case you have other type of waste, there are storage centers (http://data.sedema.cdmx.gob.mx/nadf24/images/infografias/planes_de_manejo_autorizados.pdf) where you can leave your used products such as batteries, tires, gravel, automobile batteries, used automobile oil, expired medicine etc.

Each local office (according to your neighborhood), will be the one to inform you which days are scheduled to collect the garbage with this new regulation. This is being done in order to contribute to the changes that our planet demands as it is important that landfills have a useful life and also to prevent the creation of new ones.