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Mérida's new recycling plant is inaugurated.
Mérida’s new recycling plant is inaugurated.

Mérida, Yucatán — The city’s new recycling and solid waste plant was inaugurated yesterday, promising a new source of energy and 270 new jobs.

Over $160 million MX was invested in the project.

This plant has the capacity to process 30,000 tons per month, encompassing 6,000 square meters, a “biodigester” of 9,800 cubic meters, more than 5,000 meters of wiring, built with 290,000 kilograms of steel and 2,000 liters of paint.

The biodigester is the first of its kind in Mexico and allows clean, renewable energy as well as fertilizer for gardens and parks.

The new plant will eliminate 75,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year as well as organic waste that might leach into the ground.

With the plant, the city can also sell carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations.

The average Merida family produces 1.6 kilograms of waste per day, among the highest rates in the country. 

Sources: Desde el Balcón, Union Yucatán

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