Buenos Aires’ Mayor Macri, Makes a Mockery Out of Recycling

Shovel the contents of the recycle bin into a canvas bag.

Shovel the contents of the recycle bin into a canvas bag.

Once the bag is full, drag it over to the dumpster.

Once the bag is full, drag it over to the dumpster.

Toss the "recyclables" into the dumpster so they can be taken to the landfill.

Toss the “recyclables” into the dumpster so they can be taken to the landfill.

Shake the bag hard.  You don't want any thing left in the bag.

Shake the bag hard. You don’t want any thing left in the bag.

Make sure the bag is empty, before...

Make sure the bag is empty, before…

...tossing it on the ground empty, and....

…tossing it on the ground empty, and….

...dragging it back to get more recyclables that people spent hours sorting.

…dragging it back to get more recyclables that people spent hours sorting.

Mauricio Macri is at it again. The millionaire playboy-wannabe that is the head guy in corrupt Buenos Aires politics is up to his tricks again.

Since Macri has been in office (first elected to the mayorship on December 10, 2007), his administration has raised corruption to an art form.

Bribes, counter-bribes, payola, graft and creative bookkeeping has become the hallmark of “Father Macri” and his pesky, corrupt minions.

The latest playground for these Argentine Al Capones is the city’s recycling program.

Initially, long opposed to any government sponsored recycling program, Macri changed his tune when he learned that he could recycle some pesos from the business owners into his own pockets.

Overnight, Macri went from preaching about the wastefulness of resources consumed in recycling to singing its praises and how it would be a boon to Buenos Aires and a blessing to the environment.

Amazing how a few hundred thousand pesos can convert a disbeliever.

The recycling gambit is well, a sham. There is no recycling going on in Buenos Aires, unless you call taking the trash from one street container and putting into another “recycling”.

I took these images this morning from Ale’s and my balcony across the street from the closest recycling center. The dark container on the left is a dumpster where all of the garbage goes into. The lighter container on the right is a recycle container where portenos, who spend “mucho hora” sorting their garbage, place it.

Oh yah, and Macri was paid 10,000 pesos by the recycling company for each recycle bin that Macri allowed to be placed in the city. So, with 500 of these recycle bins around the street, times 10,000 pesos each, I think Macri is going to have a good Christmas.

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