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PIURA CITY, Peru –
Where do Piura
solid residues go to?In normal conditions, 20 km away the East,
counted from downtown.
On June 21st, 2016 ,
we could visit our landfill with our teacher in order to realize the
reality we live with. Solid residues we generate go to a one-square-kilometer lot , which 88% is already full. In
consequence, 12% is still free.
450 tons of our garbage get here daily, which 40% comes from Piura
20% from Catacaos
20% from 26 de Octubre (pronounce “Veinteesais deh Octoohbreh”)
District and 20% remaining from Castilla
(pronounce “Casteejah”) District .
landfill has four cells for solid residues and one for hospital
residues, that has not be open yet.
cell in particular was created three years ago. It has a hearth for
eliminating gases and pipes for evacuating leached. It is four meters
depth and five meters height.
solid residues cells, the first one was already closed ten years ago.
It is about ten meters depth. A hearth on it allows to elliminate
gases like methane,
so an explosion is prevented.
avoid those ones and leached mix with underground and pollute it,
the cell is isolated by a geomembrane.
Who manage the landfill assured us that there is no pollution
produced from here, especially to nearby cropfields.
aspect of landfill are recyclers who work their way, helping to trash
now that you know where all your solid garbage goes to. Have you wondered
what we can do about this?
by engineer Juan Alargón, as part of Introduction to
Environmental Technique subject at National University of Piura’s
High Technologic School.
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