Ascension, Chihuahua, Mexico

Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Project for Ascension, Chihuahua

Status: Completed


According to the sponsor, in 2005 Ascension generated an estimated 8.28 tons of solid waste a day (1.51 pounds of waste per-capita). The waste was disposed of in a  substandard open-air dump located southeast of the city’s downtown area. The dump, which covers approximately 2 hectares (4.9 acres), recently reached maximum capacity. Waste is now being disposed of in a small cell built near the open-air dump with approximately 9,000  cubic  meters (m³) of capacity and an estimated useful life of 18 months.


Achieve a proper regional waste management in the municipality of Ascencion, Chihuahua through construction of regional sanitary landfill and related improvements, contributing to the reduction of inadequate solid disposal, soil and groundwater contamination and the risk of vector- related disease and other harmful effects.


The project consisted of the construction of a landfill, the closure of two dumpsites, located in the same site, and the acquisition of two used solid waste collection  vehicles  for  the city of Ascension, Chihuahua. The total capacity of the landfill was expected to be about 234,000 m³, and it is expected to have a life span of 20 years.

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 0.39M
NADB Funding US 0.31M - NADB Grant: SWEP

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Results Measurement

Results are measured upon completion of the project through a closeout process that assesses project performance within 6-12 months after completion, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives established at the time of project certification and financing approval.


Improve solid waste disposal capacity

Strengthen institutional capacity

Improve access to solid waste collection services


Actual 2014

Increase solid waste disposal capacity

234,000 m³

Compliance with applicable laws and regulations (New landfill and closure)


Acquisition of new Vehicles




Construct new landfill cell

234,000 m³

Closure of illegal open dumpsites


Acquisition of waste collection vehicles


Significant project contributions

The project improved the solid waste management by reducing environment and health risks associated to a lack of adequate solid waste collection and disposal infrastructure.