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City Introduces New Pest Control and Plastics-Use Rules to Municipal Market Vendors



By Breyton Méndez


Local government officials met recently with business and union leaders representing municipal markets and plazas in order to inform them of two new programs the city has created with a single objective—creating healthier environments in San Miguel de Allende’s public markets.

The two programs, one a pest and vermin control program and one entitled “Menos Plasticos, Más Vida” (Less Plastic, More Life), will increase fumigation efforts and promote less use of plastics at municipal markets like the San Juan De Dios Market and the Mercado Allende.

“We are increasing [our efforts] from today on with all the businesspeople of the lower parts of San Miguel’s markets,” said Carlos Meléndez, the city’s assistant director of public services.

Bio Fumigaciones Control del Centro, the company contracted to provide the fumigation, did an informational presentation, explaining techniques and fumigation products that it would use at the approximately 500 businesses involved. The company assured attendees that it does pest control with concern for the environment, using the highest quality products and techniques.

At the event, Benito Juárez Business Union leader Irinea Ramirez supported the pest control initiative.

“Fumigation is very important, and I think it’s needed in all the markets—for our clients, for our businesses, and to give better service and more cleanliness,” she said. “Fumigation is good, and all should accept its application.”

The Office of Environmental Protection and Sustainability also informed merchants that beginning January 1, 2020, new city regulations limiting the use of plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene will go into effect. Officials said that San Miguel’s government has a firm commitment to reduce the use of plastics and increase recycling.


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