Around the city, you may stumble upon signs that say something like “Mantengamos un limpio Granada”, “Let’s maintain a clean Granada”. I think this is great, and I completely agree with what the sign says. In Latin America, there is far too often trash on the streets, along the roads, in alleyways. Throwing trash on the street is part of the culture. People do it without even thinking about it, while I cringe just watching someone throw an empty bag on the street.
I’ve found that although these signs promoting the cleanliness of the city are great, but there is a lack of garbage cans. If you’re not in Parque Central, it can be a job to even find one. I was told that there are 19 garbage cans in public in Granada. In a city of 150,000 people, there are supposedly 19. Whether this is exactly true or not, I am not sure. But I honestly don’t doubt the number.
With no trash cans around, what else can you do with your trash? Assuming the trash isn’t something sticky or messy (like a bag that had fruit juice), I typically put it in my backpack and wait until I arrive at home. But if it’s messy? I am forced to carry it. For any local who has always just thrown it to the street, why would they carry a sticky plastic bag until they find the next trash can? So until trash cans are placed strategically in the city, I don’t see it ever changing no matter how many promotions and advertisements the government may pay for.