As the Garbage Piles Up in AlamarSeptember 25, 2014 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — Every step you take in Alamar in East Havana invites you to reflect upon your surroundings. It seems that the city is becoming one big garbage dump.
Fumigation services turn up randomly, but what difference does it make?
An overflowing dumpster can be seen on every corner and more than once I’ve even seen a rat or two rummaging about the trash.
You might think it was just for a few days, that for some reason or another, the garbage couldn’t be collected but what you see in the photos is our daily reality.
These huge heaps of waste are a hotbed for all kinds of pests, not to mention that they also severely affect our neighborhood’s esthetics.
Nevertheless, the majority of Alamar’s inhabitants don’t seem to be too bothered by the problem or at least they don’t seem to think they can do anything to fix it.
But, is this really true?
It’s sad to think that so many things don’t happen just because the majority don’t want them to. When will we get beyond only sweeping the corner of our homes?
In a recent visit to Matanzas, I was able to verify the fact that this phenomenon appears to be unique to Havana.
Other provinces have managed to organize a more efficient garbage collection service. Usually, waste is picked up on certain days, once a week, where residents leave the rubbish on their doorstep in the early morning.
Wouldn’t this same system be a viable option for Alamar?
Even to answer this question, we need to do something first, we need to act. After all, we’re the ones that are being affected.
If everyone just took out 10 minutes from their spare time and called the local public services office to complain.
If for only ten minutes, every citizen of Alamar demanded that an answer be found to the situation.
If once a week, a letter was sent to the board of the public services…
I’m certain the day will come when, even if it’s just down to outright tiredness, they’ll try to sort things out.
Cubans need to learn to complain more seriously than they are accustomed to.