Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — Garbage collectors in the town of Puerto Aventuras have refused to collect garbage as residents fail to separate.
August 5 began the new garbage separation campaign for the entire municipality where specific separated trash is collected only on certain days. The campaign, It’s In Your Hands, is meant to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
Puerto Aventuras delegate, Antonio Hernández Marrufo, says that the piles of garbage are a health issue noting, “In Puerto Aventuras we do not have this culture of separation. Now it turns out that garbage truck workers do not want to pick it up and we have accumulated it for three days. This will create a focus of infection and all because of the lack of information. They were only handing out flyers in some homes, but now they leave us with the problem.”
He explained that for a town with a population of 30,000, there is only one operating garbage truck that is not adapted to separated waste.
“At the end of the day everything goes to a single truck and gets compacted together, so the separation does not serve any purpose,” he added.
The delegate insisted that it is necessary to operate at least three trucks in Puerto Aventuras so that each one picks up a specific type of waste. He also suggested donating containers to the population “otherwise people will continue to place their garbage in a single container and a single truck will trash the trash.”
Hernández Marrufo questioned the fate of the resources generated by this recycling program and insisted on the need to intensify the promotion of it,saying, “It’s not easy to inform 30,000 people, almost overnight, of the start of this program.”
The It’s In Your Hands garbage separation program was created in the spring of 2017 and was initially set to begin June 5, however, the program was set back two months and began August 5.