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A Garbage Can in the DF? No, just the Loch Ness Monster

By Fritz Schtickelmeyer

Quiz: What are you more likely to find in Mexico City? A public garbage can, or the Loch Ness Monster?

Personally, I think you’d have better luck seeing the Loch Ness Monster.

I don’t know why it is, but municipal authorities in Mexico City seem to have an aversion to garbage cans.

Fact: In Mexico City,  there are more sightings of the Loch Ness Monster than garbage cans.

Fact: In Mexico City, there are more sightings of the Loch Ness Monster than garbage cans.

In the 20 minutes it takes me to walk from the Glorieta de Insurgentes to my home in the Condesa, I will not pass even one garbage can — unless I walk past Starbucks, which actually has these strange objects in front of their stores.

Now I understand why people litter in this city. There’s no place to put your garbage, so eventually, you get frustrated, and just throw your empty Coke bottle anywhere.

The only public space where I have encountered any garbage cans is in Parque México, but they are very tiny, and there are not many of them. Plus, they’re usually overflowing with garbage, so there’s no space to drop your garbage anyway.

So, I am proposing a campaign to get Mexico City officials to cough up a few lousy pesos to  install garbage cans in public spaces.

You want a clean city, right, Mr. Mayor? Me too. So let’s get going — start putting up garbage cans at bus stops and other places where people walk (you know, like on those sidewalk things).

Garbage cans are one of the cheapest things you could to to help make the city cleaner. Other cities have them — and they work.

And by the way, in case our campaign doesn’t work, I propose that everyone in the city take their garbage, and deposit it on the front steps of City Hall.

Let’s see how fast city officials move then!

About Fritz Schtickelmeyer

A veteran journalist, he's reported from across the globe. For a brief time, was a high school teacher in Minnesota.

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This entry was posted on April 3, 2013 by in Commentary and tagged , , .
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