The future of garbage (in Amsterdam)

We went to Amsterdam today, not knowing that there is strike of garbage collectors there. Coincidentally, there was a public holiday one day before, so when we saw the piles of avfal, or garbage sacks everywhere, we first thought that it is simple leftover after the yesterday’s street parties. But the size of some piles was really huge (the one before us not even the largest we’ve seen):

When I write this, the strike is seemingly over, and I hope that the city is cleaner now. But it’s every time scary to realize how vulnerable the cities are, and how a relatively small disturbance can quickly derail an entire system off track. We need not sustainable developments, we need resilient ones.

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