On Fumigation and Garbage in Havana

Photo feature by Luis Miguel del Bahia


HAVANA TIMES — We have to acknowledge the efforts the State is making with its fumigation and public health campaigns. These huge sums of money, however, will continue to be flushed down the toilet until garbage collection units begin to do their job.

The fumigation campaign is highly rigorous, involving military officers that inspire respect, the threat of fines and other measures that are understandable in an extreme situation like the one we’re facing.

But what of the republic? Public health begins there, at street level. The most serious aspect of this is that the situation aims at the circumstantial and the problem has become systemic. Garbage collection units are no doubt to blame, but the problem goes deeper than that.

What we are seeing is the legitimation of bad practices. One catches sight of this in the opinions people express. The common denominator are pretexts that seek to transform the bad into the legitimate. Put differently: the problem is cultural.

When a problem becomes cultural, it becomes rooted in the very essence of society and no one can pull it out.

Paraphrasing Heidegger, “only a god can save us now.”


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Luis Miguel del Bahia

Luis Miguel del Bahia: I am not from anywhere – I am born only of Being, or so I seek to be. In truth, I was born in Havana’s neighborhood of Bahia in the year 1989. When I reached adolescence, I felt I didn’t fit in here and managed to leave for Spain. Working at a factory, I came to understand what capitalism was and that I didn’t want it for the rest of my life. I decided to return to the neighborhood, where I currently work as a computer programmer. From time to time, I open a philosophy book to try and understand the System.

4 thoughts on “On Fumigation and Garbage in Havana

  • March 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Will someone please post pictures of the dump where all this trash is supposed to be dumped? I like to see what type of equipment is being used at the dump and the actual process.
    I’d also like to see pictures of the dump trucks and crews that go around the city picking up this trash.
    Has the government or anyone else ever done a proper study as to what it would take to completely modernize this process? thanks

  • March 8, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Come on people show some respect for your own environment.

  • March 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    A reason to not visit Cuba.

  • March 8, 2016 at 7:21 am

    The problem is getting worse every week. Clean streets make it hard for people to leave their trash out in the open. But even a small pile of trash outside of the dumpster quickly turns into a big pile. Big piles of trash, sometimes blocking the sidewalk, are a common sight in central Havana near my Casa particular. They stink, promote vermin, and clearly affect public health. Viva la revolución!

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