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Nuevo Casas Grandes receives new landfill equipment

Posted on March 16, 2018

Nuevo Casas Grandes receives new landfill equipment

On February 27, a ceremony that was presided by Nuevo Casas Grandes Mayor David Martinez Garrido, Chihuahua´s Secretary of Urban Development and Ecology Cecilia Olague, and North American Development Bank (NADB) Program Manager Laureano Alvarez, was held to present the city with equipment for the sanitary landfill. The equipment purchase project was financed through a US $500,000 grant provided by the NADB's Community Assistance Program (CAP).

The project, estimated to have a total cost of $8 million pesos, was approved by the NADB Board of Directors on June 16, 2016.

Mayor Martinez thanked the NADB during this ceremony “for the assistance it has provided us, in conjunction with what are now BECC and the North American Development Bank, because this is a project that has been promoted for many years to fully complement the sanitary landfill, so that it can be fully operational and properly manage solid waste.” He added that the project is very significant “because having an open-air dump doesn´t compare to having a real sanitary landfill with fully operational equipment to work with.”

Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) provided assistance to the community for the construction of its sanitary landfill in order to improve solid waste management and ensure compliance Official Mexican Standards. However, the community did not have the necessary resources to purchase equipment, so the NADB funding will help obtain the necessary machinery to properly operate the landfill.

For Managing Director Alex Hinojosa, this type of projects demonstrates the NADB's commitment to address the most pressing environmental infrastructure needs of low-income communities in the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition, Secretary Cecilia Olague said that this project “is one of the many projects with which the North American Development Bank has helped the State of Chihuahua... and we believe that it will be a major way of improving the sanitary landfill and its operation, make it compliant with existing regulations, and contribute to enhance the environment in Nuevo Casas Grandes.”

For the last 12 years, residents of Nuevo Casas Grandes had been dumping their trash in a controlled dumpsite. Using rental equipment, the City was able to close this dumpsite and is now properly disposing of solid waste in the new sanitary landfill, whose design consists of 10 cells with a projected 24-year life cycle. The new equipment will provide for the proper management of an average of 55 tons of waste per day for this community of more than 59,300 residents. The new equipment consists of a bulldozer tractor, as well as a backhoe, three trucks to support personnel and material transport, and a water tank truck for dust control.

The NADB official said that “it is very important to have the right equipment so that the sanitary landfill, which was also financed with state, federal, and local funds, can operate properly and replace what was previously the municipal dumpsite, where waste did not receive proper management.”

Under the CAP program, up to US $500,000 in grant funding may be provided to communities to support the implementation of critical public infrastructure projects in all environmental sectors eligible for NADB financing, provided they are located in economically distressed communities of the U.S.-Mexico border. Priority will be given to drinking water, wastewater, water conservation, and urban solid waste management projects.

 




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