Apr 16, 2010, 11:39 AM
Post #2 of 3
I know we are lucky here in Cuernavaca, we have garbage pick-up 3 times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We don't need to hand it up to the workers either, just place it in front of the house near the curb. There is a painted sign on all of the trucks reading, “no propinas”.
We did have a problem a few weeks ago when garbage pick-up stopped. After a few days, the reason was finally revealed partly in the local newspapers. The company that has a contract with the city to collect garbage had not established a recycling program at the local landfill as they were contractually obligated to do, so the city did the logical thing, and closed the dump.
There is no requirement to sort our garbage, but we have always separated boxes and paper products, the garbage collectors do appreciate that, I believe they sell the recyclable paper products for their own personal gain. That's OK with me, they deserve something extra.
The city conducted a study to find out if the local landfill could be re-opened with a recycling center in it, or if it would be closed permanently, and garbage would be hauled to a dump in México state; the city said garbage was still being collected and hauled to México while the study was being done.
The problem was exacerbated when the garbage collecting company went on “strike” because the local dump was closed. Now the city was blaming them, and they were blaming the city. All was confusion for a couple of weeks and a lot of garbage was being left, bagged, on sidewalks all over the city, particularly near restaurants and other commercial sites.
The city kept claiming that garbage was still being collected and hauled to México state. Nobody knew where it was being collected or by who though. All was confusion. I was running out of room here to store any more garbage.
One day, I was upstairs in my computer office when I heard a big truck going up our hill. I looked out the window and it was a regular garbage truck, no bell though. They always drive up our hill, turn around, and begin collecting the garbage as they come down the hill. I put all of the garbage I had been storing out for them, and they collected it that day, still no bells.
They seem to be back on their regular schedule of pick-ups, but still no bells. Neighbors seem to be playing catch-up, with lots and lots of garbage being placed in front of the houses on the garbage days.
There has been nothing in the newspapers about how the problem was solved, or where the garbage is being taken, both the city and the garbage company are claiming victory though. Still no bells, I put the garbage out on one of the regular collection days, and it is picked up though.
I now think a person must develop mind reading skills to successfully live in México, it might not be necessary, but it would be helpful.
My next fascinating post will probably be about dogs shedding hair in the house.
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