The Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA) represents all of the neighborhoods, businesses, and condominiums in all of the Amapas area. Recently, it was reported to us that the trash on several spot specially on the corner of the Carretera 200 and Los Pinos had not been picked up for several days after the September 16th holiday. ANA took action and as of today, September 29th, three garbage trucks hauled it all away.
Here is some background information to help you and your neighbors better understand the situation. A few years ago, the Puerto Vallarta city hall signed a contract with Proactiva, the company hired to pick up the garbage. This was before the mayor of Puerto Vallarta was from the Movimiento Ciudadano party, which is the party of the incoming mayor. There could be many reasons why today all of PV’s citizens suffer from a lack of efficient garbage control. Some people consider it a political issue; while other said it is because the city hall hasn’t paid Proactiva for several months. Regardless, all of us who live in PV have seen and smelled the piles and piles of unsightly and unsanitary garbage growing on the corners for countless days.
What can you do?
- Be aware of the pickup schedule. Did you know the garbage trucks don’t come every day? Their scheduled days for the Amapas Neighborhood are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.
- Follow the schedule. Put your garbage in its designated spot just prior to pick up. In this way, we reduce the unsightly piles to a few hours instead of days.
- Don’t put your garbage out when it is raining. Water flows down and eventually into our beautiful Bay of Banderas. Please be mindful of the scheduled garbage pickup days.
- Recycle. We’ve all seen people, pepenadores, who go through the garbage seeking plastic bottles and cans. To do so, they open the garbage bags and make a huge mess. ANA has initiated a plastics recycling program. If we all participate and recycle plastic, the pepenadores will learn it is not profitable to search in the Amapas garbage bags.
- Report. If the garbage truck doesn’t show up on its scheduled days, please call or email ANA and we will report the issue to the authorities seeking immediate action.
- Plant cuttings. The garbage trucks will not pick up trimmings from your lawns or gardens. Either put the plants and leaves in a garbage bag or put them where they can be recycled naturally, but will not interfere with the water drains.
- Lend us your mozo. We will gladly provide your mozo with training and understanding so he/she can help keep the garbage area clean after the garbage truck has left and before their next scheduled pick up. In return, ANA will provide gloves, plastic bags, and any other cleaning supplies he/she might need. We can even provide an extra tip on behalf of ANA.
It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together. By working with ANA and your neighbors, we can keep the Amapas area the beautiful area we love.