ODS: Prague is in danger of a garbage crisis. The city council refused to address the street clutter
15.11.2021 16:53 | Press Release
Praguers walk around the overflowing baskets and overfilled containers for sorted waste every day. They send countless complaints to the city district about the intolerable clutter in their place of residence.
Despite all the efforts of the Prague ODS to resolve the disorder in the streets, Adam Scheinherr, the deputy mayor (Prague Sobě) and at the same time the chairman of the supervisory board of TSK as, together with the municipal coalition, refused to resolve the situation. Since 2018, the cleaning budget has been reduced by up to 40%. Critical situation this year after the decision of TSK as to reduce the frequency of waste collection.
“Prague is literally drowning in garbage and Messrs. Hlubuček (STAN) and Scheinherr (Prague to Himself), instead of dealing with what the people of Prague have to live in, are throwing wine and responsibility at each other. Street clutter needs to be cleaned up immediately and a waste collection system set up that will work. In addition, the price increases that Prague is planning to collect for waste will start to be resolved 15 days before the law comes into force, so I call it a nice gift under the tree, “said Alexandra Udženija, chairwoman of the capital’s control committee and deputy mayor of Prague 2.
She reminded that, for example, the Prague 2 City Council had already asked the capital in April this year to take measures to prevent the accumulation of waste at sorted waste sites. The city district also did not agree with a reduction in the frequency of road and sidewalk cleaning and a significant reduction in the cleaning budget, by as much as 40%. Other city districts have tried to make the same reservations against the municipality, which now subsidize the costs of cleaning the streets from clutter from their budgets. Money may be missing from their projects.
At the council meeting, the Prague ODS therefore proposed to discuss the current critical situation in the collection of municipal waste and to increase the frequency of exporting bins in the streets and at bus stops. However, the ruling coalition at the municipality swept the proposal off the table and refused to admit mere negotiations to remedy the waste crisis.
“Besides the traffic hell, we’ve had another hell here for months with crowded baskets and clutter on the streets. What’s next? Mr. Hlubuček should seriously think about the state of the environment, cleanliness and order in Prague. Perhaps it would be enough to start a simple cleaning before starting an investment of 100 million according to an unrealistic climate plan club, “said ODS chairman Zdeněk Zajíček, who said that ruthlessness towards the people of Prague.
“The fact that there are protracted disputes over competencies in the municipality, that they do not trust each other and suspect each other of small or large pitfalls, has been whistling on the roof of the municipality for a long time, but Prague and its citizens and visitors should not suffer. It is our duty to respond and act. That is why we have suggested that they can clean the streets of the city district, which obviously care more about how people feel in individual parts of the city and what they need for a happy life, ”adds Zdeněk Zajíček.
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