Municipio de Madera, Chihuahua, Mexico

Equipment for Sanitary Landfill Operations in Madera, Chihuahua

Status: Completed


The Municipality provides waste collection services to all of the 17,050 residents in the city of Madera and the surrounding communities (100% coverage). For collection services, the Municipality has seven collection routes supported by four trucks in good operating condition. Trash is collected once a week along one route to nearby communities and six routes within the city, with the exception of a commercial route that is collected daily.

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 has completed construction of 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 designed to include two cells with an overall expected useful life of 14 years, considering the estimated generation of 17 tons of waste/day. 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 sanitary landfill construction project, which was completed in 2014.


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