You’re probably familiar with the image of an old sofa or a piece of furniture abandoned in a vacant lot, but the truth is that, although this scene is common, it poses serious problems for public health. The Government of the Federal District (GDF) has created a real task force to collect these materials from the streets and avoid possible mosquito outbreaks. Aedes aegypti, dengue transmitter.
The Urban Cleaning Service (SLU) has already collected more than 44 tons of irregularly discarded waste in the administrative regions of the DF throughout the month of January, which represents almost 1,500 tons per day. “Our weighing system can capture the quantity collected, extracting the net weight of the collected materials. These numbers, unfortunately, have been the collection average, and we are on the streets 24 hours a day due to the number of dengue cases; To do this, we expanded the teams on the streets”, says the coordinator of Organic Recovery, Destinations and Final Production at SLU, Leonardo Yamada.
The coordinator also emphasizes that the practice of irregular disposal of garbage and rubble by the population is one of the agency’s main problems and generates losses for public coffers. “There is no point in SLU withdrawing and the population playing again. We have mapped the locations and are working to reduce them. We count on people’s help in disposing of them correctly, taking unusable materials to the rubbish collectors”, he highlights. “The practice even generates losses for the State, because the SLU is providing a corrective service. We mobilized teams and materials to do something that would not be necessary if it had been allocated correctly.”
Unusable materials are also collected by regional administrations, which roam the cities’ streets daily, meeting residents’ demands or following each administration’s schedule.
On Park Way, collection is carried out weekly on each block and residents are notified via social media. “The active participation of the population in this collective effort is important, with the dissemination of actions and schedules for waste collection and cleaning; This has generated a more conscious and proactive community”, highlights the city administrator, Deusdete Soares.
Soares also emphasizes that several preventive measures have been adopted by the administration with an emphasis on preventing and combating dengue fever, in addition to removing unusable items and debris from public roads. “We are meticulously cleaning the drainage networks and storm drains and remain firm in the constant need for guidance, awareness and care”, adds the administrator.
Those who also work daily helping city managers are the teams from the GDF Presente program, who work in care of the RAs. In 2023 alone, the program collected 145,155 tons of debris. “We have 14 centers, and every two weeks we are in an administrative region, helping local teams with our machinery through a pre-established schedule, all to reinforce the services already provided by the cities”, highlights the Undersecretary of Operations in the Cities and coordinator of GDF Presente, Marco Aurélio Demes.
The practice of irregular disposal is a challenge for public authorities, as it requires public awareness. Currently, the SLU maintains more than 880 public facilities, including recyclables, rubbish collectors and garbage collectors, spread across all administrative regions. It is essential that the population is attentive and correctly disposes of garbage and construction waste, especially during this rainy season. Check out where to find a rubbish man here.
Demands received via the Ombudsman’s Office related to the elimination of possible mosquito outbreaks Aedes aegypti are being managed and treated on an emergency basis. The DF Legal Secretariat has been inspecting dirty lots, irregular disposal of rubble and domestic waste, as well as wastewater, which is dirty water used in homes and dumped on public roads.
To request collection services from regional administrations, simply follow the collection schedules or make an appointment and register the demand with the Ombudsman, by calling 162 or through Participa DF.