“I hope that there will be no illnesses because of the garbage cans”: Île-de-France incinerators shut down, residents worried

“I hope that there will be no illnesses because of the garbage cans”: Île-de-France incinerators shut down, residents worried

Garbage collectors and agents in charge of waste treatment in Île-de-France are on strike against the pension reform. Consequence: the trash cans are piling up in the streets of the capital and the inhabitants impatiently await the collection.

Garbage cans are piling up on avenue Mozart, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.  (FARIDA NOUAR / RADIO FRANCE)

“It smells bad, it’s cardboard boxes, garbage cans, garbage left without bags, bottles… All that’s missing is the rats. And I think they will be soon. ” Olga lives in the very chic 16th arrondissement in Paris, and for the past few days she can’t really hide her disgust when she walks in the street.

The three Île-de-France incinerators shut down

The trash cans of the capital are overflowing, and that is not likely to get better sincegarbage collectors and agents in charge of waste treatment are on strikeagainst the pension reform and have decided to continue their action until February 7. Three incinerators (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Ivry-sur-Seine and Saint-Ouen) have been virtually shut down since January 23. AT Marseille,the situation is comparable, but it is the sorting centers that are blocked.

Despite the requisitions and the implementation of a minimum service,collection is late. In front of Rachid’s greengrocer store, for example, six bins full of household garbage but also expired fruits and vegetables are piling up. They have not been picked up for three days:“I hope they will come and pick up quickly, otherwise we will have mice and rats. If they don’t come, for sure, it will be a hassle. I also hope that there will be no illnesses from the garbage cans. ”

Health and ecological consequences

Powerless, the municipality asks theState to take its responsibilities as quickly as possible. Paul Simondo is deputy in charge of cleaning at the city of Paris: “It’s a health issue, an emergency. You can’t let garbage accumulate in this way. The mayor has asked the government to intervene so that we can recover this waste incineration capacity and that we can resume collection at a normal rate and catch up. ”

Not to mention the consequences on the environment, explains Paul Simondo :There are ecological consequences because currently without these factories, the Paris region sends waste to landfill in landfill, this is not ecologically acceptable, this situation must end as soon as possible. ”