Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico

Equipment for Sanitary Landfill Operations in Ahumada, Chihuahua

Status: Completed


The Municipality currently provides waste collection services to 11,457 residents (100% coverage). For collection services, the Municipality has four trucks in good operating condition. Trash is collected along four routes twice a week, with the exception of rural routes which are collected once a week.

Currently, the collected solid waste is disposed of in a controlled dumpsite. However, to improve waste management and comply with Mexican federal standard NOM-083 SEMARNAT-2003, the Municipality is constructing a new landfill with federal funding from the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), as well as its own
funds. The new landfill is classified as Type C (10 to 50 tons per day) and is designed to include four cells with an overall expected useful life of 28 years, considering the estimated generation of 10 tons of waste/day. The first cell is scheduled to be completed in June 2016. The Municipality is working with the State to close the open dumpsite, once operations begins in the new landfill.

The Municipality currently rents equipment on a periodic basis to operate the dumpsite, which does not allow for proper management of solid waste in accordance with NOM-083. The landfill requires equipment to manage solid waste properly, improve soil removal operations, cover waste and reduce dust emissions during compacting activities. This equipment project complements the landfill construction project and will help ensure that it is
operated properly.


The proposed project consists of the acquisition of new equipment for
landfill management and includes the following components:

  • Mini-loader “skid steer”- John Deere 323E or similar, with an enclosed cabin and solid rubber tracks for added stability and greater surface area for more efficient waste compaction, along with the following attachments: dozer blade, backhoe, and landplane to facilitate landfill operations.
  • 3.5- or 4-ton truck, with a hydraulic dump to help transport personnel, equipment and materials in and around the landfill.
  • Water tank truck, with 8,000-liter (2,100-gallon) capacity to control dust around the sanitary landfill, including access roads and cover material.
  • Additional landfill equipment. Including a vehicle scale, 5000-watt portable generator, portable welder, pressure washer, hydropneumatic water tank and a set of tools.


Project implementation is expected to help the Municipality improve solid
waste management and disposal, thereby reducing the possibility of
environmental contamination and human exposure to decaying garbage, as
well as eliminating the breeding grounds for disease-carrying vectors, such
as flies and mosquitos.

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 0.3M
NADBank Funding US 0.3M - NADBank Grant: CAP
Other Funding Partners Community Assistance Program