Figuring out which garbage company collects your garbage, when they do it, how much it costs and how to pay them should be a lot easier than it is in Merida. To make that process easier for everyone, here are the details for the two companies that serve most of the Merida urban area.
Two Major Garbage Companies in Merida
Company Name: PAMPLONA
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 6 PM. Saturdays 8 AM to 12 PM
Address: Calle 66 # 720-B between 99- F and 101 diagonal
Directions: Follow Calle 66 south, past the Plaza Grande. After you pass by the cemetery (on your right), the Pamplona office will be on your left.
Cost: $14.00 pesos monthly.
Pamplona’s Schedule: Monday: organic, Tuesday: inorganic, Friday: organic.
Company Name: SERVILIMPIA
Phone: 999-942-0000 ext. 81200
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 3 PM
Address: Calle 62 x 59 in Centro, Building Condesa
Cost: $14.00 pesos monthly
Servilimpia’s schedule: Monday: organic, Wednesday: inorganic, Friday: organic.
Other Details About Garbage Service in Merida
Each company serves different areas in Merida. You can call and provide them with your address and they will tell you which company serves your area. Or you can just ask a neighbor.
After you have figured out which company is yours, go to their offices and ask for the service and pay the fee. You might get lucky and a representative from the company will come to your door asking for the fee. We suggest you pay for the entire year instead of each month. This is more convenient, it saves trips to their office or answering your doorbell every month, and you get a discount.
Either way, be sure to keep your receipt of payment. If you ever find your garbage not picked up, you will need to show the recent as proof of payment in order to get service.
If you live in downtown, they try to collect the trash at night. On the day that they are picking up, leave your trash bags outside of your house on the sidewalk. If you are unsure which night they come in your neighborhood, as they don’t always come on the nights indicated, again, check with your neighbors.
Find out when the trucks come to your neighborhood, and try to only put the trash bags out an hour or so before they will be picked up. This saves the neighborhood from trash scattered by scavenging dogs and also saves everyone, yourself included, from the not-so-lovely odor of trash that is being cooked in the hot sun.
You can leave large items outside your door and the garbage service MIGHT take them away. If the men coming to collect the garbage feel that you have left them something that is outside the boundaries of “normal”, you might find them banging on your door for your attention. Answer the door, thank them for their service, and hand them fifty to a hundred pesos, depending on what you are asking them to haul away.
It is also customary to give them a propina (tip) of $100 pesos or so during the Christmas season.
Recycling is done in the Yucatan, but probably not in the way you are used to if you come from the US or Canada. The garbage companies do not separate out recyclable trash and recycle it. However, there are recycling centers where you can take glass, cans, metals and other things and get paid for them. There is a recycling center behind the Parque de la Paz, on the other side of the railroad tracks, for instance. Take your boxes of recyclables there and they will pay you a few pesos for your trouble.
You can also leave recyclable items (glass, cans, cardboard) in separate bags when you leave out your trash. The garbage workers remove anything from the trash they collect that they can take to a recycling center for a little extra cash. If you leave those items in separate bags for them, you just make that work a little bit easier for them.