By Tyler Falk.
In an effort to build a greener waste management system, Mexico City has closed one of the world’s largest landfills, known as Bordo Poniente.
The landfill, which was built to take rubble following a massive earthquake in 1985, now holds 76 million tons of garbage. Closure of the 927-acre landfill is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million tons annually, city officials say.
The city has plans to capture methane from the landfill to power an estimated 35,000 homes.
But that doesn’t mean the trash flow ends. The Associated Press reports that the transition to a modern waste management system has been messy:…
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