Paris is overwhelmed by 10,000 tonnes of waste


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The bar of 10,000 tonnes of waste not collected in the streets of Paris was reached at midday, according to the estimate of the town hall, on the twelfth day of the strike of its garbage collectors against the pension reform. No collection dumpster came out on Friday in the districts where collection is managed by the City of Paris, contrary to the words of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, who affirmed Friday morning that the requisition of agents had started well.

The situation of waste collection in Paris was confused, Friday March 17, on the twelfth day of the garbage collectors’ strike against the pension reform, with 10,000 tonnes of waste not collected but a government which affirms that the requisition of agents “works “.

The symbolic bar of 10,000 tonnes was crossed on Friday noon, according to the estimate of the town hall, which subtracts the waste that could be collected from the average in normal times.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, support of the social movement, refused on Wednesday to request the requisition of agents from the prefect of police.

But according to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Friday morning, the prefect “required” Thursday evening “the city’s cleanliness service” to evacuate the garbage. “As of today, this morning, this requisition is working and makes it possible to collect these trash cans,” said the Minister of the Interior on RTL.

“No dumpster came out on the public side”, however indicated Friday afternoon the entourage of the mayor of Paris. So no pick up.

Pedestrians walk past full trash cans in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, March 17, 2023. ©Bertrand Guay, AFP

The capital has a special collection system, activated by its first mayor, Jacques Chirac: city hall officials collect waste in half of the arrondissements (2e5e6e8e9e11e14e16e17e and 20e), while the other half is served by private providers.

“We have not had a dumpster in the boroughs in public”, confirms Delphine Bürkli, the Horizons mayor of 9e district, managed by the public and therefore very affected by the lack of collection. But “garage requisitions” [de camions-poubelles] for private applicants” took place, affirms the elected representative of the right, who calls for “the solidarity of the City” to equalize the treatment of waste between boroughs.

Call the army for pick up

Exactly, things are a little better in the 15e district whose private service provider saw, after a legal action, his garage unlocked Thursday by the police. With this release, the 15e “recovered five dumpsters” compared to the start of the strike, 10 in total or “who worked all day”, indicates the mayor LR Philippe Goujon.

“The problem, since we recommended collection, is that the dumpsters are forced to go to Romainville”, a town located in Seine-Saint-Denis, east of the capital, the opposite from 15e. In this waste transfer center, they must then wait “one to two hours to unload” because of the general congestion, explains the elected representative on the right. The mayor of 15e therefore calls for the release of the incinerators of the metropolitan union (Syctom), executed by the socialist Corentin Duprey and who does not want at this stage to request the intervention of the police.

“There are only 5 or 6% of garbage collectors on strike,” says Delphine Bürkli, who asks to “call on the army to clear the streets”. The town hall recognizes that the rate of strikers among its cleaning agents is “below 10%”.

The 49.3 “remobilized the troops”

For the Mayor (Horizons) of 5e arrondissement, Florence Berthout: “These 5% (of strikers) have the power to block all collection, or almost, by carrying out two types of action: blocking garages under municipal management and incineration centers”.

In Ivry-sur-Seine, the largest of Syctom’s three incineration sites, the police came on Friday to dislodge the strikers from one of the two adjoining garages, before withdrawing.

Access to the factory as to the two garbage truck garages is still blocked, AFP noted. According to the CGT, 95% of the employees of the Ivry treatment site and all the drivers of the two garages were on strike on Friday.

The use of 49.3 decided on Thursday by the government “has remobilized the troops, in fact (…). We had never had this 100% of strikers on these two garages” in Ivry, “we a “, said on the spot Régis Vieceli, CGT general secretary of the waste and sanitation sector in Paris.

“We have twelve years less life expectancy for garbage collectors, and seven years less for sewer workers,” argued Fréderic Aubisse, a 54-year-old sewer worker. With two additional years of work, “we’re going to die at work as they say, it’s not possible,” he said.

The garbage collectors interviewed are determined to continue the rolling movement of their renewable strike until Monday, the day of the general meeting which must decide on the continuation of the.

With AFP

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