Clean up: public vs private

Paul asked about the end state ot the aloe vera harvesting I posted yesterday.

after aloe harvesting, Atlántida, Uruguay

The private workers actually left their work area very clean. Of course, the aesthetic appeal of the plants has been greatly reduced, but they’ll grow back.

after aloe harvesting, Atlántida, Uruguay

Much of the waste, I expect, they left around the base of the plants, but that will return nutrients to the soil. On the ground in front is a piece similar to what they were packing into crates.

Meanwhile, near Syd’s place, the public workers actually did come back, and did remove the rest of the brush pile, and the other one around the corner!

Brush, but not trash, cleanup in Uruguay

But all the trash carefully removed from the brush pile remains in its own pile on the ground, just meters from an empty trash container. Because “not their department,” no doubt.

2 Replies to “Clean up: public vs private”

  1. Thanks very much for your update Doug.
    It really seems very clean and professional now.
    Haven’t seen that before, thanks for sharing.

    About the rubbish.
    The same we have here in Floresta. The brush workers
    are different teams then the rubbish removers.
    That means that they won’t take the rubbish.

    Brush loads are used here to dump at the high beach side,
    to fill up with soil and other natural material.
    They try to prevent the beach parts from washing away.
    Uruguayan style.

    Again, totally different workers with totally different orders
    and totally different goals.

    The biggest problem here are the locals themselves. They
    dump their sh….. everywhere except into the bins and containers.
    We have a really good and frequent rubbish removal service, but
    those local buggers have to throw it just out of “driving” into the bush.
    And this won’t be cleaned up – VERY SAD !!

    1. I was visiting with an Uruguayan friend recently in Parque del Plata. He lives on a corner; had spent time with his wife cleaning up the “dumping ground” on the unoccupied lot opposite once the trash containers appeared. Working inside with a view to that lot, he repeatedly apprehended a man walking past the trash container to throw his trash on the ground. Confronted, the middle-aged man said, “This is the way I’ve done it all my life!”

      After about a year, the local man got the message and started putting his trash in the container instead of walking into the lot and throwing it on the ground. Amazing, yes, but in some cases this is what we’re dealing with.

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