The streets in Juticalpa are not known for being the cleanest. Not all of them are paved and even the ones that are paved are still very dusty. Dust is a big problem in general. If we leave our front window open after a few days a layer of dust starts to accumulate on the floor inside the window. Homeowners and business owners are constantly sweeping the front of their houses and shops in an effort to keep them from getting too dirty.
Most people from Juticalpa don’t think twice about throwing their empty soda bottle or chip bag into the street, which is where a lot of garbage ends up. Taking out the trash is a chore that we do often in the house. It is not good to let trash sit for more than a few days inside the house. It tends to attract bugs and mice so it is best to change out the trash and take it out as often as possible.
Once the trash is collected in the house it has to be taken outside. Down the street from the house toward the main square there is a corner where everyone throws their trash bags. Each morning the garbage truck comes by and picks up the bags and trash thrown on the corner. It is also common for them to set fire to whatever trash is left behind after they get all the bags and loose debris that they can. I often walk by the corner in the morning and see it smoking. After awhile a large pile of ashes builds up, but it is usually removed every couple of months or so.
Be sure that you do not throw trash bags on the corner during daylight hours. Neighbors have yelled at volunteers in the past for taking out the trash during the day. As uncomfortable as it is getting yelled at in English it seems like it is much more uncomfortable when people yell at you in Spanish so be sure to avoid this if possible. Despite how unsanitary and unsightly throwing trash on a street corner is to begin with it makes sense that people want to do what little they can to make things a little less unappealing. So I can understand why people would only put out the trash at night.
This definitely isn’t the most fascinating topic, but I guess the moral of this story is 1. Take out the trash often and 2. Don’t take out the trash during the daylight (unless you want the experience of getting yelled at in Spanish).