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Tulum garbage truck drivers continue long haul due to new landfill delays

Tulum, Q.R. — Garbage truck drivers from the municipality of Tulum will continue their daily haul to Playa del Carmen. Paperwork delays have stalled the opening of a new landfill in Tulum.

Audomaro Solís, the Municipal Director of Public Services, says that due to these delays, they are still without an official operating date for the new Tulum landfill. He says that for now, municipal garbage trucks will continue to use the municipal of Solidaridad landfill outside Playa del Carmen.

He says the two municipalities have a use agreement but did not provide specifics.

Solis pointed out the inefficiency in the long distance haul, noting it takes an average of two-and-a-half hours for each of Tulum’s 22 trucks to make the trek to the neighboring landfill.

For this reason, garbage collection service around the municipality of Tulum has seen a significant delay. He is urging Tulum residents to be patient with the garbage truck service as well as participate more in municipal recycling to cut down on the amount of garbage being hauled.

The former Tulum landfill was closed on December 1 when the Tulum Airport was inaugurated. The landfill was shut due to its proximity to the airport. The municipality does have another landfill in the works, however, logistics are creating a delay in opening.