In order to provide clean spaces to Salvadorans and prevent contamination of rivers, streams, lakes, beaches and tourist sites—in addition to preventing floods—various institutions continue with the Zero Waste plan on a national scale.
Yesterday it was up to the department of Sonsonate to carry out the cleaning day in conjunction with the municipality.
«We are working in an articulated way with different institutions such as the Ministry of Public Works, the National Civil Police, the Armed Forces, those deprived of liberty in Penal Centers and the Ministry of the Environment,» said the mayor of Rafael Arévalo.
In addition to collecting solid waste, the teams cut down trees that are a danger to citizens and also clean all green areas and other public spaces.
According to Arévalo, the municipality collects between 50 and 70 tons of garbage daily, but with the campaign they could reach up to 90.
The mayor emphasized that the Zero Garbage plan is greatly supported by the central government, but it requires that citizens get involved, become aware of the care of the environment and, of course, avoid throwing garbage everywhere.
Some of the points intervened in Sonsonate were the neighborhoods of El Progreso No. 1, Las Palmeras, and San Rafael, as well as the end of 18th avenue south, the Belén neighborhood, 7th street east, the community of El Progreso 2, and the highway that leads to Acajutla.
During the cleaning day, residents of the areas joined the initiative.
Today the cleaning tasks will continue at Los Cóbanos beach, Metalío canton and Costa Azul farmhouse, always in the department of Sonsonate.
Since September 11, the Zero Waste plan has been under development. To date, different municipalities and areas have already been affected, such as Mejicanos (San Salvador), Santa Tecla (La Libertad), the Cerrón Grande reservoir (Potonico, Chalatenango) and Santa Cruz Michapa (Cuscatlán).