50 tons of trash removed from Machu Picchu town


Authorities in the town of Machu Picchu are combatting one of the community’s greatest threats: trash.

According to RPP, the Interinstitutional Health Committee of Machu Picchu recovered a whopping 50 tons of trash and solid waste during two cleaning sessions. The garbage included thousands of bottles, plastic bags, tires, and other material.

Municipal workers, police officers, environmental groups and others participated in the effort. After being recovered, the trash was shipped away by Peru ail. Machu Picchu town, also known as Aguas Calientes, has no road access.

Emerson Atasaupa said that the removal of the solid waste would improve the safety and well-being of the local population and the thousands of domestic and foreign travelers who visit the town each day. It would also help to stop the spread of mosquito-borne disease.

In December, La Republica reported that there were some 7.5 tons of garbage littering the train line to Machu Picchu town. The town sits at the foot of Machu Picchu mountain, where the famed Inca citadel is located.

Authorities took the step in order to improve the safety of residents and visitors to the Inca citadel.