Havana establish high fines for those who violate new communal waste regulations

The garbage mounds have become part of the Cuban landscape

HAVANA, Sept 18th The Government of Havana approved a group of measures for compliance with the Regulations for Decoration, Hygiene and Communal Services in the capital that include sanctions for those citizens who contravene the communal hygiene regulations.

For this reason, it was decided to repeal Resolution 87 of 2022 and approve Resolution 190 of 2023, “taking into account the current economic context of the country, the need to mobilize popular consciousness in order to take care of the health of the population and the beauty and hygiene of the capital,” according to a note from the state portal CubaSí.

These new measures are aimed at those who are affected by any means or form the collective deposits intended for the collection of household garbage.

Fines of 2,500 to 3,000 CUP will be imposed on those who fail to comply, in addition to the obligation to compensate for the damages caused.

On the other hand, fines of 2,500 to 3,000 CUP will be imposed on those who throw waste outside of the tanks and the established hours, or without being authorized to change the location of the containers located on public roads for the deposit of household waste.

Among the other measures, fines of between 3,500 and 4,000 CUP are contemplated for those who throw into the deposits intended for the collection of household waste, debris, wood, metals, or other inappropriate objects, such as waste from production, commerce, gastronomy and food services.

According to the information, other collection systems are established for the latter after contracting the service with the Municipal Communal Company or the Provincial Communal Hygiene Company.

The rest of the contraventions and the amount of the fines are contemplated in the incisors of the first Resolution of the new regulation approved by the Governor of Havana and will come into force on September 20.

For its compliance, the Provincial Inspection Directorate, the Municipal Inspection Directorates, the PNR, the bodies and groups of inspectors of Hydraulic resources, the Electrical Company, Hygiene and Epidemiology, and other authorized entities were empowered to oversee, and consequently act. and accredited by the Municipal Administration Councils.

In the case of appeals against disagreements over the fines imposed “they will only be the power to resolve by the Legality Control Commission of each imposing body or the corresponding Municipal Administration Council,” adds Resolution 190 of 2023.

Contact channels are also available to make requests for solid waste collection services, contracting or other information. To this end, the Provincial Hygiene Company has telephone number 7 2620580 in the Commercial subdirectorate and 7 2601440 in the Command Post.

Likewise, interested parties can contact the Municipal Communal Company of each municipality.

In recent months, several residents in Havana have denounced the alarming situation they are experiencing with garbage collection. The images show corners of the capital filled with garbage, something that happens not only in remote areas or in areas that have suffered from this evil for years, such as Old Havana or Central Havana but also extends to the main arteries of the city.

According to publications on social networks, some residents of those affected places even considered whether it would be necessary to privatize waste collection, for it to be carried out correctly, “since it has not been collected in many places in the capital for a month.”

Now with the new measures, it is expected that this situation will improve or, at least, that fines for contraventions will be enforced. However, they persist in the idea that the situation is not just about making those who do not comply pay, but that work is needed on the part of the government to improve and keep the spaces intended for waste clean and collected.