Published On: Fri, Aug 15th, 2014

Mérida Solid Waste Recycling Plant ready to start working

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The Mérida recycling plant may be operating before the end of the month, said Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of “Tratamientos Reciclados del Sureste”, the Yucatecan company that is developing the project.  When completed, the plant will sort up to 1,000 tonnes of garbage that is generated every day in the city of Merida.
The work is 95 percent complete and the machinery is already in the testing phase. The solid waste plant is located next to the city dump on the Chalmuch – Susulá road, on the West side of Mérida. 
With an investment of more than 150 million pesos (12 Million USD), the plant will create between 250 and 300 direct jobs in two shifts, and more than 3,000 indirect jobs through the production chain.
Solid Wate Recycling Plant

Solid Wate Recycling Plant

The plant will process an estimated 64% of all recycled waste, increasing to 80% in the near future.  It is equipped with biodigesters, which can generate about 7 megawatts of energy per hour, enough to supply electricity to 50,000 households.  The excess energy will be sold to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).
The average Merida family produces 1.6 kilograms of waste per day

The average Merida family produces 1.6 kilograms of waste per day

According to the CEO, there will be no leakage of leachate (leachate is any liquid that drains from land or stockpiled matter and contains elevated concentrations of toxic residues leached from material it has passed through), thereby preventing about 90 million liters of leachate to enter the water table annually.  It will also prevent the release 280,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of "Tratamientos Reciclados del Sureste" and Staff

Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of “Tratamientos Reciclados del Sureste” and Staff

According to data from the Basic Statistics report on Environment, Merida is the municipality with the greatest waste generation in Yucatan, with 832 tons per day, equivalent to 61 percent of the total waste generated in the state.  The same report reveals that the average Merida family produces 1.6 kilograms of waste per day, among the highest in the country.

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