The garbage mounds have become part of the Cuban landscape

The garbage mounds have become part of the Cuban landscape

HAVANA, March 13th. The Cuban authorities of the province of Sancti Spíritus have recognized that in that territory, as in many others on the island, “the garbage mounds have become part of the landscape.”In a recent work published in the state media Escambray, it is described that these accumulations of waste can be found next to a hospital, in the vicinity of a school, or the middle of a park.

Perhaps this is not news for many inhabitants of the island, who suffer day after day from garbage dumps in the streets of any city in the country. In recent times, garbage dumps have taken over public space and the authorities often turn their attention to citizens’ complaints.

The indicated report states that this social evil is due to the insufficient availability of means for collection by the municipal directorates of Communal Services, which causes “garbage to accumulate in points where a garbage dump had never existed before.”


However, the leaders’ discourse continues to maintain the idea that waste collection is a priority. For example, the head of the Communal Department in the Provincial Government of Sancti Spíritus, Luis Javier Nazco Piña, insisted that waste collection worries the authorities, “but the situation associated with the lack of resources, fuel, batteries and tires, among other shortcomings, seriously affects this work.”

Among the other factors that affect this work are social indiscipline, non-compliance with collection cycles and the need to hire trucks from third parties to guarantee the transfer of waste to the landfills.

Regarding the latter, the manager highlighted that “of the 21 existing vehicles in the province for the activity, only eight work, while 17 of the 25 tractors linked to communal services are paralyzed for different reasons.”

Added to this is the fact that the sector’s workforce has been declining, a situation experienced in many territories of the aforementioned province, as well as the lack of inspectors to ensure compliance with established regulations.

Nazco Piña later pointed out that despite this situation there is “a new strategy” for 2024 that consists of “part of the 8 million pesos that on average are used annually to pay for contracted equipment and resources be used to acquire parts.” spare parts, tires and batteries intending to recover tractors and trucks in the sector that have not worked for a long time.”

They also intend to link the cars of companies and organizations to garbage collection to “alleviate the critical situation.”

The text emphasizes that “no one can preach morality when they are not capable of complying with what is established by the Law to ensure the care of a community” and insists that “it is not just about painting, cleaning and keeping the main avenues impeccable, but to show the other side of hygiene from the bowels of the neighborhoods, because that is where the largest number of people live and, therefore, the main sources of diseases are generated.”