'Trash for food' at Mexico City barter market • A new barter market in Mexico City is helping residents trade their trash for food in an effort to reduce the mountain of waste produced by the mega city. • Mexico City's huge, infamous BordoPoniente landfill site was receiving 12,600 tons of waste a day -- one and a quarter times the weight of the Eiffel Tower -- before it was shut down in December last year. But although the landfill it is no longer in operation, the city keeps churning out trash. • The Mercado de Trueque encourages people to recycle paper, glass and plastic • Jose Luis Aranda is one of thousands of locals who are now making regular visits to the market held once a month in the city's Chapultepec Park. Aranda brings along glass, plastic and cardboard waste, which is separated and weighed. He is then given vouchers, which can be exchanged at a nearby farmers' market. • The vendors at the market hail from local farms, adding the benefit of attracting shoppers to locally produced food.
Vocabulary Recycling: convert (waste) into reusable material. Barter: exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services. Churning: produce something in large quantities and without thought. Etymology: an account of the origins and the developments in meaning of a word. Indigenous: originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.
General Facts on Mexico City name: Mexico Population: 110.81 million people Language Spoken: Spanish and 68 indigenous languages Currency: Peso Mexican dishes: corn, hot peppers (chiles), and beans, products Mexico’s Independence Day: September 16, 1810 90% Mexicans are Roman Catholics
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