Largest sorting plant in Latin America begins operation in Mexico City

The Azcapotzalco Transfer Station and Sorting Plant, the largest and most modern in Latin America, has opened its doors in Mexico City.

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Waste Management
September 26 2021
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With this facility, the city government is the first in the country to move towards proper treatment of urban waste based on a circular economy concept, one of the priority objectives of the current administration.

Stadler supplied the technology to achieve this milestone. "We would like to thank Mexico City for allowing us to give our contribution and take part in the great challenge of reducing waste in Mexico City, one of the most populated megacities in the world, where more than 12,000 tons of waste are generated every day,” said Natalya Duarte, Sales Director for Mexico at Stadler

It is the country’s first government-owned automated plant for the separation and treatment of municipal solid waste. The 11,000 m2 facility sorts paper, cardboard, multilayer packaging, PET and HDPE, plastic bags and film, aluminum cans, metallized bags, textiles, glass and other metals. The plant was commissioned in May 2021. It operates in conjunction with a transfer station to process around 1,000 tons per day of waste from the municipalities of Cuauhtémoc, Gustavo A. Madero, Miguel Hidalgo and Azcapotzalco, and will be able to receive up to 1,400 tonnes of waste per day. Its operation will generate 404 jobs, as per the statement.

The facility is run by Pro Ambiente, a subsidiary of CEMEX, which has more than 25 years of experience in waste management and in operating plants for the selection and recovery of waste-derived fuels. "We are proud to participate in this new project, which is in line with our sustainability and emission reduction objectives. We are prepared to operate this plant under a model that guarantees, first and foremost, the safety of all our employees, operational continuity through maintenance and production programs with international standards, and sorting quality to ensure a greater use of the waste generated in Mexico City," said José Guillermo Díaz, CEMEX's manager of technology and alternative fuels.

The plant was officially inaugurated on 25th July in an event attended by prominent personalities including Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Head of Government of CDMX; Jesús Antonio Esteva Medina, Secretary of Works of CDMX among others. "Instead of driving trucks to dump waste and rubbish in landfills, we are sorting it all. In addition, recycling is used to produce other products. This is called circular economy in Mexico City. Let us be proud of this solid waste sorting plant, the most modern in Latin America – here in Mexico City," said Claudia Sheinbaum during the inaugural event.



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