Mexico City Trash


Many of my friends are in Mexico City right now for the International AIDS Conference. I’ve been a little jealous this week, picturing them all sipping fresh fruit margaritas and loading up on free condoms without me. I was looking forward to a few political pun buttons or a postcard, but then my friend Maxwell sent me the best souvenir ever: trash pics!

These are from El Bosque de Chapultepec, a park in Mexico City where Max noticed that all the trash cans in the park had “organicos” and “inorganicos” containers to separate organic and inorganic trash (though he notes not everyone uses them properly). Check out the trash truck, also equipped to separate organic and inorganic waste and the SUPERCOOL trash can made of plastic bottles. Sadly, Max adds: “I just read in the travel book I purchased before this trip that Mexico only recycles about 6% of it’s trash. So perhaps the park is a haven of reasonable trash policy.”

4 Responses to “Mexico City Trash”

  1. dumpstertaoist Says:

    Viva la basura! Funny how recycling takes a back seat when people can’t afford to feed their families. I’m sure that’s the case in Mexico. Here in Philadelphia, we’ve been catching flack from environmental organizations for out poor rate of recycling. But drive though the majority of inner city neihborhoods and you might mistake Philadelphia for a third-world country. Luckily our mayor was smart eough to point that out recently. People arent recycling as their more concerned with staying alive. I guess it’s just a matter of priorities. People first, trash second.

  2. Joe Says:

    to continue the sharing of trash pics – here is a cool looking solar powered trash compactor spotted on the streets of Boston:


  3. everydaytrash Says:

    Yay! More photos from friends. Thanks, Joe.

  4. Richard Crespo Says:

    Hi my name is Richard and I am looking for some information regarding the problems of recycling in Mexico I do have a project in the making to help this problem. please reply as soon as possible thank you.

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