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Paris: a tide of waste in the Bassin de la Villette


Ecological disaster in the Villette basin (19th century)? A tide of plastic annoys local residents. The City claims to act ...

Mountains of garbage.

Bottles, cans of beer, masks, cigarettes… On the Bassin de la Villette, we've been in a bit of an “plastic ocean” atmosphere lately.

This Wednesday, close to the Rotonde and the MK2 cinemas, the vision is apocalyptic on the Ourcq canal.

A tide of plastic bottles, abandoned masks.

Right next to the “swimming prohibited” sign (19th century).

"A return to normal is expected by the weekend thanks to the intervention of the city services which are fully mobilized," said the side of the central town hall.

Shocked residents

Céline, who lives there with her two children, does not take offense: “it's part of the whole.

I have lived here, quai de la Seine for 20 years.

And you cannot know how we are suffering!

People throw away their waste with no problem.

Everything is fine.

I remember a time, not so long ago, when we cleaned a minimum… But it's over ”.

A little further on, Bart is jogging: “There, we're talking about fuck-up!” Laughs the thirty-something, a little out of breath.

I would like to answer you, but, in fact, I don't even know what to say.

I have the impression of running in a recycling center.

When I run, I slalom between the garbage, and my vision, on the basin, is the same.

It is completely depressing.


Just incivism?

Around the basin, walkers contemplate helplessly the accumulated waste.

“Passers-by throw everything into the water.

There are trash cans everywhere, but nobody cares, notes Béatrice.

I am disgusted.

When I go for a weekend walk on the quays of the Seine, in the center, I can see that people don't behave like that.

It is unfair.

Our neighborhood is being sacrificed.


The City has its explanation.

"With the closure of bars and restaurants and the return of sunny days since last weekend, Parisians have moved in large numbers on the banks of the Canal, we analyze in the cabinet of Dan Lert , elected EELV and deputy mayor of Paris.

While some have been uncivilized, this is not the case for the vast majority.


Source: leparis

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