A Mexican sewage pipe made with recycled materials was unveiled in Tijuana on Friday, showing off the country’s recycling prowess.
Key points:The “beautiful” pipe is part of a campaign by the city of Tijuana to cut down on the city’s greenhouse gas emissionsThe pipe was built using recycled materials sourced from Japan, South Korea, South Africa and ChinaThe pipe, which was made with reclaimed materials sourced in Japan, is one of more than 300 recycled pipes being made available in the city.
“The idea of recycling is to use less materials,” Tijuana Mayor Enrique Rodriguez told reporters after the unveiling.
“We’ve been looking for this kind of pipe for more than a year and the city has been working for many years to make this project happen,” he said.
The pipe can be used to heat water and other household goods.
The pipes are made from recycled paper pulp and cardboard and have been made to be recycled from discarded plastic water bottles, but the materials used in the manufacturing process are sourced from the Japanese, South Korean, South African and Chinese industries.
“In a few years, we hope that all the waste will be recycled,” Mr Rodriguez said.
“That way we can have more sustainable materials that are not polluting our environment.”
The pipe is one part of the city-wide recycling campaign to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution.
It was unveiled at a celebration of the “sustainable city” program, launched by Mr Rodriguez earlier this year.
In April, the city signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese company Hitachi that will help it collect, process and recycle some 3,000 tonnes of recycled material a year.
A few months later, Mr Rodriguez announced that Tijuana was the first city in Mexico to receive a $1.8 million grant from the World Bank to start using recycled paper from Japan and South Korea.
It is a move backed by President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has vowed to “cut down on Mexico’s greenhouse gases”.
Mr Pena Rubio, who is also mayor of Tamaulipas state, has been a vocal supporter of the campaign, saying it could be a model for other cities to follow.
The initiative will involve using recycled material, such as paper, cardboard, plastic and metal.
“It’s very beautiful, it’s really beautiful,” Mr Pena Lopez told reporters.
“For this reason, it has been accepted by the mayor, the mayor of the state and the mayor [of Tijuana] in Mexico.”
The pipes, which were made of recycled paper, are part of more then 300 recycled pipe being made accessible in Tula.
Mr Rodriguez said the pipe could be recycled in other cities if the city received more funding from the government.
“As of today, the pipe is being made in Tulum, in Tanao, in Ciudad Juarez and in the other municipalities, and it will be made in other places as well,” he added.
The city said the pipes will be used in homes, businesses and public transport, and the recycled material will be collected and reused in the Tijuana city sewer system.
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