budley wrote:Yup, Sidro is right, there is an obvious and huge problem with trash culture, trash pickup, and municipal solid waste disposal. I think Sidro was not referring to humans swooping in like vultures, but actual big black vultures called "gallinasos" (what we would call a turkey vulture in the US) that are everywhere in the north coast, ceja de la selva, selva baja, and I presume all over the south too.
lets be honest, Peruvians throw their trash out the window of the car, on the ground as they're walking, from their door out to the curb any time of week regardless of the trash pickup schedule, etc. There is a basic lack of education about the environmental damage this causes, and its just plain ugly and unnecessary.
there is also a total lack of public trashcans, a coherent system of trash pickup, and any type of concern or solution on the governmental level for this problem.
this is solvable. Frankly the US had this problem as recently as the 70's. when I was a kid it was common for people to just throw their trash out the window of the car in southern California. then the problem got fixed through a combination of public awareness campaigns (give a hoot, don't pollute -- indian crying), school brainwashing of young children, and harsh penalties for littering. BUT, the government also has to provide trash cans, pickups and other services around the issue.
Actually since the 80s, every 2 to 3 years there have been several campaigns on different levels, unfortunately our population is very deaf about the trash problem unless it affects them directly,
as an example you can see the illegal miners in Madre de Dios, typical Peruvians that started to
make $5000 per head average but also became the worst polluters on a national level. Our President
Humala tried to suggest that they paid at least some taxes and all of them threatened the President
back with a revolt. Now, if this is what happens with people that have the means to solve the problem
immediately and at a low cost. You can imagine the attitude of the rest of people.