Tons of trash left on Lima, Peru’s streets after New Year’s celebrations

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Living in Peru
Israel Ruiz

The aftermath of long New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations were felt yesterday as huge piles of trash could be seen on the streets and avenues in several of Metropolitan Lima’s streets, reported Correo Daily.

The daily explained that the districts worst affected were San Luis, La Victoria, Rimac, San Martin de Porres, Vitarte, Los Olivos, Comas and Carmen de la Legua.

While it was noted that municipalities did not offer trash pickup on January first, the daily affirmed that citizens had not done their part in keeping streets clean, claiming that people were dumping and piling their waste on the street.

Other districts seriously affected were Villa El Salvador, Villa María del Triunfo and San Juan de Miraflores, where piles of garbage were placed next to dolls that had been burned to say goodbye to 2008.

After making a survey of the damage done, Correo explained municipalities in these districts were not doing anything to clean up the mess on Monday.

On the other hand, the Municipality of Lima was congratulated for using dump trucks, bulldozers and a mass of workers to take over 120 tons of garbage off the streets – all of which had been left by parties held on New Year’s Eve and Day.

50 tons alone were taken from the areas of Mesa Redonda and Barrios Altos, reported Luis Zanabria, head of special projects for the Municipality of Lima.

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