MONTEVIDEO – Municipal crews in the Uruguayan capital collected 1,411 tons of trash during a special clean-up operation across the city over the weekend, city officials said.
The sweep began Saturday night in Montevideo and ended on Sunday afternoon.
Some 230 workers, using 13 garbage trucks, “emptied 100 percent of the trash containers in the city,” the Montevideo municipal government said in a statement.
About 610 tons of the total trash was collected from around garbage cans by 29 teams working with trucks, shovels and excavators.
During the operation, all municipal resources were deployed, including plows to remove trash, teams to maintain traffic signals and other equipment, Montevideo Mayor Daniel Martinez said.
“The most important thing is that we were able to empty 100 percent of the containers, we are up to date with containers. The same cannot be said about the surroundings, because in some places there is still trash around the containers,” the mayor said.
Martinez called on Montevideo’s 1.3 million residents to not drop trash outside containers.
“There is a reason why we did this now. Last December, we said that during the summertime there would be less waste produced in Montevideo, and in March, April and May there would be trouble for sure because we do not have the number of operational trucks we need,” Martinez said.
“We have fewer trucks than what we need, considering the number of containers on the streets, and we had serious maintenance problems,” the mayor said.
More trucks joined the clean-up campaign on Monday, when units from the maintenance services department will be used to collect trash, Martinez said.