Waste Management Plan for the Municipality of Altamira, Mexico
Altamira, situated at the Gulf of Mexico, is the neighbouring municipality of BASFs most important production site in Mexico. One of the major environmental challenges of Altamira is the management of waste from private households. In its role as a corporate citizen of Altamira, BASF initiated a Public Private Partnership (PPP) together with GTZ that started in February 2006. The PPP aims at solving Altamiras waste management problems through, in a first stage, the development of a waste management program and its implementation for the municipality as the second stage. The program defines the details of the waste problem and proposes ways of reducing, improving the handling and recycling of communal waste as well as its disposal.
The most important recommendations of the program aim at improving the infrastructure of Altamira for a more efficient treatment of waste, a reorganisation of the responsible communal committees, training of waste collectors, an information campaign for the local population as well as suggestions to improve street cleaning and the environmentally friendly clean up of former waste deposits. The waste management program was presented to the municipality in December 2006 and will be implemented in the course of the year 2007.
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