|Trash piled up in the Santa Fe neighborhood.|
|Pedestrians walk past piles of trash near the |
Museo de Oro TransMilenio station.
Near the beginning of his own term as mayor, Petro, an ex-leader of the M-19 guerrilla group, decided to remove capitalists' dirty hands from the city's trash collection service.
So, Petro took the garbage collection contracts away from those evil private companies which had been doing the work competently for years, and gave it to the city's....water company, Aguas de Bogotá.
|Aguas de Bogotá workers protest lay-offs recently.|
During that transition back in 2012, Bogotá was also inundated with trash. That trash fiasco eventually led to Petro's being removed from City Hall, and his eventual return.
Today, the water company is still responsible for trash pick-up in 52% of Bogotá.
|More trash in Santa Fe.|
It is the return to a private trash collection scheme, which has Aguas de Bogotá employees fearing for their jobs, that has triggered the strike and inundated Bogotá with garbage. Bogotá declared itself in a 'sanitary emergency.'
Expect the garbage crisis to continue until at least Feb. 16, when a new collection scheme is to start up.
|Many water company employees will likely get jobs with the private companies.|