NATIONAL WASTE PREVENTION AND COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 2008–2012 Sergio Gasca Alvarez, M.S. Director, Sustainable Waste Management. 4TH WORKSHOP ON SOURCES AND MEASUREMENT OF DIOXINS, FURANS AND HEXACHLOROBENZENE. Mexico City October 2010. Waste in Mexico – Current Situation.
NATIONAL WASTE PREVENTION AND COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 2008–2012 Sergio Gasca Alvarez, M.S.Director, Sustainable Waste Management
4TH WORKSHOP ON SOURCES AND MEASUREMENT OF DIOXINS, FURANS AND HEXACHLOROBENZENE
Waste in Mexico – Current Situation
Background to Waste Prevention and Management Program
Premises and Reflections
Waste management law dates to 2003, although discussions began in 1988.
Waste management focused on collection and disposal, primarily at open-air dumps and around 88 landfills.
Major differences among technical and financial capacities of states and municipalities.
States, municipalities and public not interested in dealing with waste.
Premises and Reflections
Good range of technologies for selection, composting and disposal (from solid waste to plasma)
Separation provided by informal sector and few collection centers
Recycling in Mexico is seen in traditional transactions involving waste of evident and high commercial value (glass, paper, cardboard, metal)
Financing inaccessible or hard to secure from governments
Waste Prevention And Management Program: National Waste Policy
Organized in sections by type of waste and transversal topics:
Purpose and methodology
Guiding policy principles
Objectives and strategies
Program actions by type of waste
Urban solid waste
Mining-metals & oil
6 transversal topics:
Scientific and technological development;
Waste, climate change & energies
Waste in risk & disaster situations
Education & training
3 Rs & life cycle
Waste information system
Evaluation, benchmarking, expected results & updating
Waste Prevention and Management Program: Primary Actions
Reduction in greenhouse gases
Increase in useful life of solid waste
Waste Prevention & ManagementProgram
Decrease in public health risks
Decreased soil and water polluction
Declining use of virgin materials to manufacture goods
Waste Prevention and Management Program: Impact in 2012
Key Semarnat Activities in Waste
Prevention and Management Program
Thank you very much.
Sergio Gasca Alvarez, M.S.
Director, Sustainable Waste Management
General Bureau of Environmental, Urban and Tourism Development
+52 (55) 54 90 09 80