Zero Waste Life in Mexico City

Zero Waste Life in Mexico City

Featured photo by: @climatereality

The Jacarandas in full bloom, the sway of latin music at the street, the endless tacos and margaritas, I can go on and write the whole day on what I love about Mexico City.

Even better than the first impression, Mexico City leads Latin America in implementing solutions to climate change. It is the first country in Latin America and the first developing nation to ratify the Paris Agreement: pledging 50% emission reduction below 2000 level by 2050, 35% total energy generation from renewable sources by 2024, and in the pilot phase of mandatory Carbon Market with formal launch in August 2021.

This fact were proudly presented in Climate Reality Leadership Training programme Aigul and I are so lucky to be part of.

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training aims to equip a very select group of world changers who’ve come together to confront the climate crisis.

With Al Gore as chairman – a former US Vice President awarded with Nobel Peace Prize for his work on raising awareness on climate change, including ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ movies – alongside his leadership team, other Nobel Prize winners and field-leading communicators, organizers, and strategists as collaborators, the leadership training conference is indeed a life-changing experience.

The biggest takeaways for me weren’t the latest data on climate change or even the latest solution, although those were fascinating, but the community. From university students to C-level of multinational companies, startup founders to activists, everyone is keen to share ideas and collaborate on solutions to the greatest issue of our time, Climate Change. At the moment of writing, Climate Reality Leadership Hub consists of a growing yet tight-knit network of 14,000 environmental leaders around the world.

For those interested in the content, we shared some key takeaways in our Instagram account, and more to come on various speaking engagement events around town.

Zero Waste in Mexico City

I knew I had to stay for a few days after the event, and was rewarded handsomely by the zero waste findings around town.

The zero waste community in Mexico City is alive and thriving. There are two Zero Waste Mexico facebook groups: @zerowastemx and Zero Waste Mexico with almost 9,000 members combined who constantly churns out new and exciting contents.

There are plenty of farmers market selling fresh, local produce in bulk, plus a zero waste shop called Botanica Granel. The shop offers >100 types of products, most of them organic and local.

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There’s no excuse not to recycle. Recycling bins are divided into three categories: organic waste, inorganic recyclables, and non-recyclable inorganic waste (landfill waste). The official collection scheme accepts many types of waste, including tetrapak and food waste, are available around town. Perhaps it can be an inspiration to Hong Kong?

Recycling bins in Chapultepec Park by

The city’s residents also have the option to bring their recyclables to Mercado de Trueque, or the Barter Market, in exchange of vouchers to buy vegetables and other local produce at local farmers shops.

Mercado de Trueque by

Mexico City, just like Hong Kong, is choked with cough-inducing air pollution. One of the latest government initiative is the widespread manufacturing of electric taxis starting this year. Around 50 eco-taxis has roamed the street since 2017, and widespread manufacturing is starting this year, soon replacing 130,000 unit of old fuel-powered taxis. The move is predicted to cut the air pollution level by as much as 30%.

Nissan Leaf electric taxi in Mexico City, photo by

Last but not least, we can’t drink water on tap, but water dispensers with a deposit scheme are readily available. I find that most developing countries that is lacking of water treatment facility tend to have this option at home.

Photo credit: water dispenser by Primo

Are you travelling to Mexico City? Let us know about your zero waste experience there.

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