Trash piles up around Juárez cathedral as Lent begins
Sanitation workers in Juárez walk past a dumpster as they patrol the downtown streets picking up trash. (Photo courtesy of the city of Juarez)
Rio Grande Digital
The holiest time on the Christian calendar brings the faithful out en masse to the downtown Juárez cathedral — and they leave in their wake a mountain of trash, according to a city news release.
Sanitation workers normally collect about 2.5 tons of trash a day from the streets and sidewalks of the neighborhood around the church. On Ash Wednesday, the trash amounted to 4.1 tons. The following day, St. Valentine’s Day, workers collected 4.8 tons of trash, said Juárez city Public Services director Manuel De Santiago Moreno.
The city and its waste management contractor has positioned large dumpsters in the area. And there are 24 people walking the streets every day with trash receptacles just to keep the area clean.
Officials urged people to put their trash in a designated container to help keep up the image of the city.