The municipal government of Puerto Vallarta is refining the details to implement a program of Urban Waste Separation and Recycling to begin on a pilot basis in the downtown area of the city.
The Director of Municipal Utilities, Efraín Alcalá, said it was decided that the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta was selected as the pilot area for the program since there is a regular trash collection and schedule of three daily shifts. They are already working to establish the collection routes and signage needed to implement the program.
"The Urban Waste Separation and Recycling Program deals with citizens living in the area helping us in the issue of organic and inorganic waste. We are already working to have very definitive signs and are analyzing routes in this area where trash collection is constant and continuous and not interrupted by any situation or contingency and this allows us to carry out this activity, so it is a viable area for this program," explained the municipal officer.
He added that they have already had agreements with the local businesses so that they will join this program and in turn issue recommendations for better implementation thereof, and later to implement it in the rest of the colonies of the municipality.
For his part, Director of Environment and Ecology, Juan José Navarro Amaral, said they are testing to find the best way to collect trash and the program may alternate days of collecting only organic or inorganic trash and it will be necessary for the people to separate their rubbish in containers of different colors.
"It is essential to carry out these actions in which we are working, since the primary separation allows us to extend the life of a landfill. The separation allows us to identify which materials can still have a life, or to get some extra resource, as with paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and other materials generated on a daily basis. In addition we are about to begin the last adjustments to our program in reinforcing and strengthening the coordinated work between society and government which must happen to carry out this activity," said the city official.
It should be noted that prior to this program, the Directorate of Environment and Ecology implemented a program over a year ago in generating public knowledge in environmental education in the schools, groups, hotel staffs, restaurant and businesses around the city.
"So far we have shared the environmental education with approximately 13 thousand people, with the majority being children who we are counting on to generate a culture needed at this time about the importance of identifying and separating waste," he said.
Translated and edited by Team Angels
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