Garbage and Carnaval in Brazil and Angola

Garbage made the news in Brazil yesterday (26 Feb. 2017): 164 tons of trash were left in the streets after the Carnaval parades in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Diario de Pernambuco ( Garbage is more of a perennial problem in Luanda, Angola. There, the recent Carnaval parades were not so much a cause of a garbage problem as a venue in which to bring attention to what is an everyday issue. At about minute 2:30 of a video from Angop TV (Agência Angola Press) (found here:, you can see the float and dance troupe that called for garbage collection and cleaning up of the city. An article from Voa Português (a news source in Portuguese for Africa) from September 2015 described how the problem is endangering the health of the people who live in the city and blocking streets to the point that even school and hospital entrances are obstructed. (See  The root of the problem lies in the fact that the price of oil has gone down, and as a result, the country is in an economic crisis which has made it impossible for the city to pay waste-removal companies. Luckily for the cariocas, their Carnaval garbage has already been picked up (and weighed!).


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