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Municipal councilors vote no to transfer Holbox garbage to mainland landfill

Holbox, Q.R. — A meeting between Lázaro Cárdenas councilors will see the island’s garbage remain on the island. On Monday, the Lázaro Cárdenas City Council voted not to transfer the island’s garbage to the mainland landfill.

A resounding no vote means the garbage generated in Holbox will not be transferred to the landfill in Kantunilkín. The move to transfer the island’s garbage was proposed by mayor Emir Bellos Tun.

He made the proposal since the island only has a transfer site for its garbage and not a permanent landfill area. Currently, garbage generated on the island of Holbox is moved to an open air transfer site where it is to be moved to the mainland landfill.

However, that has not been happening. For the past two years, the island has experienced problems with the transfer of their garbage.

In June of last year, inspectors of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) proceeded to shut the solid waste transfer site of Holbox after allegations that tons of island garbage was buried in mangroves.

During the June 20 meeting, Mayor Emir Bellos Tun raised the need to remove the island’s garbage, also proposing to grant a 20-year concession to the company that presents the best proposal for the removal of solid waste.

That too, was voted against. The island’s garbage disposal crisis remains.