Garbage piles up in Santo Domingo, Tropical Storm Isaac clears unwanted plastic

After the pontoon bridge over Dominican Republic’s Ozama River was opened, tons of garbage are now littering the shore of Santo Domingo off the Malecon.

The garbage was washed downstream during Tropical Storm Isaac last month.

Most of the waste consists of plastic plates, glasses, bottles, and containers but there are also tree trunks and other types of garbage. Most can be seen at La Playita, between the monument to Friar Anton de Montesinos and Palo Hincado Street. However there is also more in Guibia beach.

National District council clean-up teams are filling hundreds of plastic bags with the garbage but more appears every day.

Environmental Secretary, José Miguel Martínez, said that since the day after the Storm Isaac the island, crews remain on the coast in cleaning continuous days, but then they were released wastes for several days were dammed in the garbage floating bridge again flooded the waterfront. He said the work continues.

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