What you see is not people or houses, it is the garbage produced by the city of Quetzaltenango.
Every day the Municipality of Quetzaltenango transfers 240 tons of waste to the municipal dump located in Chuicaracoj, one of the 10 rural communities of the Palajunoj Valley.
Fires frequently occur in the municipal dump of Quetzaltenango and the smoke causes damage to the eyes of people living in the Palajunoj Valley, as well as difficulty breathing.
For community members, garbage is also synonymous with pests, bad odours, complications for agricultural production and stray dogs.
For 20 years the Municipality of Quetzaltenango has taken garbage from the urban area to the rural area without paying attention to the problems it causes to the neighbors.
La acumulación de basura también afecta la salud de las comunidades con enfermedades gastrointestinales y respiratorias.
The communities reject the dump, but they are not heard.
A publication of the digital medium Ojoconmipisto exposes that the commune spends Q7 million 378 thousand 332 a year in lease of 30 collection trucks, which take the garbage to Chuicaracoj.
The dump is near wooded areas and farmland.
Although the commune and neighbors carried out a pilot plan in zone 5 to classify garbage by organic and inorganic, it has not been extended to other areas of the city.
Quetzaltenango has a sea, but a sea of garbage