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Lack of garbage collection still a problem on Holbox

Holbox, Q.R. — The lack of garbage collection remains a problem for Holbox islanders as bags continues to pile up. Island authority, Idelfonso Cetina Alcocer says the streets are in terrible conditions due to the neglect of the Lázaro Cárdenas city council.

He said that the problem of garbage collection has always existed, but now it has increased, causing hills of waste in various places on the island which creates a bad image for tourism.

Cetina Alcocer said that central streets to sidewalks remain obstructed “and that tourists have to walk around it either to get to their hotel or to go to the beach area.”

“It is sad and unfortunate (…) we have made countless requests for the city council or the state government to reinforce garbage collection, but we still have no answer” he said.

In June, inspectors from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) proceeded to shut the solid waste transfer site of Holbox as part of their investigation into the alleged burial of garbage in a mangrove by the City of Lázaro Cárdenas.

The site was only partially reopened since it lacks an agreement with the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

The Lázaro Cárdenas City Council had the site closed by Profepa on June 2 after accusations that garbage from the site, which was reportedly removed to clean the area, had been buried in mangroves and not incinerated as claimed.

While an investigation continues, the dump remains partially closed.