Municipal authorities in Havana are trying to tackle mountains of trash, ubiquitous on many of the city's street corners, where the lack of trash containers and regular waste pick-up leave many residents dumping their trash in the streets.
Trash on roadsides, street corners, along with loud music booming through neighborhoods, has raised concerns by local authorities that the situation is becoming untenable, prompting a crackdown and education campaign to force residents to respect the environment and their neighborhoods.
The issue has become more pressing as the numbers of tourists to the country grow, and because the trash presents a health hazard, attracting breeding mosquitoes, rats and other vermin.
Authorities acknowledge municipal authorities need to do more to pick up trash and move it to landfills, but also acknowledge the need to raise awareness in a populace that thinks nothing of throwing trash into the streets and roadways, even right outside their own homes.
Noise pollution is also a problem in many neighborhoods, where street life, especially during the witheringly hot summer months, forces many residents outside of their homes and into the streets, where all night gatherings are commonplace, accompanied by loud music and drinking.
The campaign is part of a countrywide effort to present visitors with a more modern and aesthetically appealing place, as tourism continues to soar on the island.
But authorities concede it will take more government involvement to adequately address the issue of waste control, especially around the city's markets and commercial zones.