Despite the fact that Latin American countries such as Mexico have taken greater steps into improving their waste management, many communities still face diverse challenges associated with the collection and disposal of waste.

Those localities are generally confronted with health problems as well as water and soil pollution partly resulting from the lack of adequate methods for handling waste. In this work, the impact that waste has on cities is explored by

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giving a holistic view on what measures can be taken in terms of waste management in order to positively influence the ecological condition of urban built environments.

This question is based on the premise that waste is intimately joined to human development and must be regarded as an element that can promote the sustainability of mankind and other living species; as opposed to the general view that waste is valueless, forgotten and unworthy.