HAVANA, January 7 The Government of Havana has mobilized Community service workers to collect the garbage that was accumulating on the city streets.This occurs after in the Diez de Octubre municipality some neighbors burned the landfill that had formed in the middle of the street.
“On the night of Friday, January 5, around 11:00 PM, residents of the Lawton neighborhood decided to set fire to the garbage accumulated on the corners of San Anastacio and Carmen streets, in the Diez de Octubre municipality.
This has been made known by a neighbor who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals,” audiovisual producer Adrian Martínez Cádiz reported on Facebook.
“The lack of fuel on the Island has exacerbated the landfill situation,” Martínez recalled, “affecting communities and leading to garbage reaching the center of the streets in many neighborhoods of the capital.”
The aforementioned publication concluded by referring to “the Government’s inability to manage basic issues.” A situation that “is increasingly worrying Cubans” amid the “shortage of food, medicine and fuel, among others.”
After this event, the Havana authorities mobilized the Communal Services units to begin collecting solid waste throughout the capital.
The Municipal Administration Council (CAM) of Plaza de la Revolución published images of the operation on its Facebook profile along with the following message: “No stopping. Day without charger (vehicle used in garbage collection), but that did not prevent the “continuity of work. Today the collection was manual, but work was done in several popular councils.”
The CAM of Cerro ironically wrote on its wall about the collection: “Today is Sunday, the body knows it and so do our Comunales workers. In the Cerro municipality we do not stop, we continue and we do not stop.”
The CAM of Old Havana wrote in another publication: “It dawns in the municipality with the efforts of the Communal workers who continue to prioritize the avenues and the interior of the popular councils to keep Havana beautiful.”
But the operation carried out did not end the accumulation of garbage in the streets of Havana. In the publication made by the CAM of Boyeros about the collection, a user identified as Lidia Llizo uploaded the image of a garbage can along with the following message: “Well, they should have just arrived at the Wajay garbage dump because the trucks can no longer enter to leave merchandise in agriculture and the market, and it is disgusting in the middle of town.
The neighbors around him can’t even open their windows because their house is full of flies, the mice roam freely and since Friday they took away the large garbage tank that had been in place for almost a month and was therefore full.
Another Internet user identified as Ernesto Mederos also uploaded a photo of collectors overflowing with garbage. “Siboney District, Council 4 of San Miguel del Padrón. 11 days without collection.
Ah, but here cars from Guanabacoa, Marianao, Cerro, Centro Habana and Regla come in to unload raw materials extracted from the garbage dump on the Güira de Melena highway,” Mederos denounced.
Havana has been suffering for years from the accumulation of garbage in its streets due to the inability of the authorities to collect it. In mid-November 2023, official media recognized that in Havana only 68% of the garbage generated daily is collected, the rest remains on the roads and public spaces.
“Between 4,000 and 5,000 cubic meters of garbage are left on the street every day,” the report noted.