May 23, 2013
City expected to be rubbish-free by Saturday, City gov't says
Members of several rubbish recycling cooperatives lifted the roadblock set up at the entrance to the CEAMSE landfill while Buenos Aires province officials, led by Public Space secretary Eduardo Aparicio, met in order to evaluate their demands.
Despite the lifting of the roadblock, City Public Space Minister Diego Santilli assured that the capital will only be free of rubbish by Saturday.
Also present in the meeting were the head of the Provincial Organization for Sustained Development and City government officials, sources confirmed.
After the roadblock was lifted, the rubbish collection service is slowly expected to go back to normal in the City and its surroundings.
“It will demand between 48 and 72 hours to clean the City and it will cost some $5 million pesos,” Santilli said, and called for City residents to "remain patience and express solidarity.”
He also added that rubbish collection services would resume in hospitals and schools first and would then proceed the usual routes with backups.
Nonetheless, Santilli clarified that “the City will only be completely clean by Saturday.”
A sanitary risk alert has already been issued in the City due to the thousands of tones of rubbish piling up in the streets.