Containers in the spotlight: emissions in the center, road danger in the periphery

in 5 between 49 and 50 the containers are overflowing/ d. ripoll

The management with the garbage containers generated numerous neighborhood claims in the City. In the center of La Plata due to the overflow of waste that causes nauseating odors. In the case of the periphery, because they are not well signposted and represent a road hazard, they are also full of rubbish and there is also a danger of the presence of rodents.

In the case of the center, the neighbors stated that in the area of ​​5 between 44 and 45 a container is full of garbage of all kinds: rubble, wood, organic, dry and nobody takes it away. Another similar proposal was made a few blocks away by pedestrians who circulate along 5 between 49 and 50, a commercial area.

Meanwhile, the residents of other central areas indicate that the containers are not cleaned and a nauseating smell is generated. “There are no clean-up operations. It is observed that the trucks pass with the mechanical clamps that lift the container, they dump the garbage into the truck but nobody cleans them. As there are private neighbors, merchants and pedestrians who circulate through the center who throw waste without bags, a lot of waste remains in those equipment and the air becomes unbreathable”.

This class of situations generated claims from different managers and administrators of consortiums because many are located a few meters from private apartment buildings.

From the Commune it was reported that “in the urban area, the containers are emptied mechanically with trucks specially prepared for this task. In addition, a manual cleaning is also done in the event that the operators register waste thrown on the side of the containers.

In the case of municipal delegations, they point out, “cleaning is carried out by the Esur company, although staff from the delegations themselves also collect objects and waste that neighbors may leave outside the containers.”

It is important to note that the disposal of waste throughout the Partido de La Plata must be done according to the collection schedule proposed by the Municipality, which can be found on the website


Meanwhile, in the periphery they point out that there are cases in which the containers are located in the streets, are not well marked and generate road risk.

For example, the residents of Altos de San Lorenzo warned of the presence of two dump trucks at the height of 19 between 77 and 78. According to reports, there are at least five on the avenue and “at night they are not seen.”

Both in the urban area and in the outskirts, claims are multiplying

In that sense, they explained that the structures are a danger to traffic. “This avenue is known to be a race track. When something serious happens, they are going to realize it,” they said. In turn, they indicated that “at dawn you can hear a lot of noise from people loading and unloading in these containers.”

Meanwhile, in 161 and 72, other neighbors stated that there are containers on the street and they are not well marked. “The problem is not the containers, the drawback is that they are not well placed, they were left in the middle of the street and people who return to the neighborhood at night do not see them and often run the risk of bumping into them. In addition, it does not pass the collector and the smell is tremendous. Just as the street is paved for the Municipality, and it is not like that, they do not pass to take the waste either.

As described by the residents of the area, “there are also bad habits of the people. They don’t throw the waste in bags, there are greengrocers that take their remains to those containers without anyone sanctioning them and cars and trucks from other neighborhoods that come to bring their garbage.

Another area that usually has complaints about the containers is that of Avenida 13 between 600 and 610, where these facilities are usually overflowing.


Garbage accumulated over a long time produces leached liquids, a situation that produces strong emissions.

Decomposing organic matter, detergent leftovers, other liquids and oxidized metals, among others, cause a mixture that generates a by-product in the form of a liquid, called leachate, which is found circulating through the rest of the waste. These leachates, experts point out, bring serious consequences, mainly because they can cause contamination of riverbeds and groundwater.

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