Peru: 50% of Lima’s trash comes from 7 districts

More than 50% of Lima’s trash is produced by just 7 of its 40 districts.

(LIP-jl) — According to a recent study released by Peru’s National Institute of Statistics and Information (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica e Informatica -INEI), more than half of the trash produced by homes and businesses in the Peruvian capital come from only a fraction of its 40 districts.

The study, named Environmental Statistics from January 2007, put a magnifying glass over what many consider to be one of Lima’s biggest problems -trash.

According to the INEI’s information, 172,598 tons of trash were produced throughout the entire Lima-Callao metropolitan area in the month of January alone.

The most shocking revelation discovered in the INEI’s report found that more than half of that total was produced from just 7 districts in the Peruvian capital.

The districts of San Juan de Lurigancho (accounted for 12.2%), downtown Lima (10%), Comas (7.1%), Ate (5.9%), San Martin de Porres (5.8), Santiago de Surco (5.3), and La Victoria (5.3%) accounted for a total of 88,120 tons of garbage.

Although not listed among Lima’s top trash producers, districts such as Ancon, duplicated their trash volumes from last year’s figures.

Other places, such as San Miguel and Breña, actually reduced their garbage volumes.