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Tulum to continue trucking garbage to Playa del Carmen landfill

Tulum, Q.R. — A new landfill for Tulum is unlikely to be operational until the end of the year. Until then, the municipality of Tulum will continue to truck its garbage to the neighboring municipality of Solidaridad landfill every day.

The new sanitary landfill for Tulum is projected, in its first phase, to become operations in the last quarter of 2024. Municipal Treasurer Vicente Aldape says the project is a priority for the government so that garbage collection can be normalized.

He said that 50 million pesos has been earmarked for project to relocate the landfill.

According to Lourdes Várguez Ocampo, Secretary of the Environment Sustainable Environment and Climate Change for Solidaridad, the existing Tulum dump was shut due to the ongoing Maya Train work.

Ocampo said notice was given that the Tulum landfill would close. A letter was sent to the concessionaire Promotora Ambiental SA (PASA), in charge of the Soldiaridad landfill to provide information on how the waste from Tulum would be managed and received, because at the end of 2022, she said the landfill was at 50 percent of its capacity.

Garbage trucks from Tulum are lined up to enter the Solidaridad landfill for disposal.. Photo: December 2023.

Ocampo added that they cannot allow the landfill to be occupied by other surrounding municipalities because they would be violating the stipulations of the contract between the company in charge of garbage collection services and the Solidaridad City Council in addition to the fact that they are also taking care of the recycling issue so that it does not reach said landfill, an action that the municipality of Tulum would not carry out.