This is a post I never finished from back when I was living in Parque Lafevre in Panama City.
So one thing you have to learn is DON’T buy a large garbage can like you have back home. Not unless you have a large family.
I learned at the last room I rented that the garbage has to be taken out very regularly if you don’t have your air conditioner running 24/7. The heat & humidity just ferments the garbage.
I barely had anything in my garbage, yet I woke up & my entire apartment smelled like bad food. I had to literally rush to take the garbage out for fear of fainting.
Yes it was hot in the apartment except in my bedroom.
I don’t leave the windows open like I want to for a few reasons like dogs barking constantly & noises out in the street.
So be prepared to take the garbage out at least once every 1-2 days. If you have a very large family with lots of animals, that’s another story.
Also just so you know, the garbage pickup in Panama City & I’m sure in other areas in the Interior is terrible compared to what we are used to.
Here’s the lowdown on garbage in Panama.
- People just throw their garbage into these metal wired bins. Some bins are closed low to the ground next to the apartment building, others are out near the street on a metal pole & aren’t enclosed at all. Most houses have those types.
- Because people throw their garbage in these HUGE bins, lots of the garbage falls out from the bags.
- Some people throw their garbage outside the metal box.
- When they come to collect the garbage, I have NO idea how they get the garbage out of there, as it’s a very small confined space. So I guess that’s why it’s never fully cleaned out & there’s always garbage still in there that is gawd knows how many weeks or months old. I’ve even seen diapers on the sidewalk. GROSS!!!
Garbage is a problem in Panama & when I heard about it before moving here, I thought they just littered.
I wouldn’t call this littering which I consider throwing a piece of paper on the street. I would call this garbage dumping.
Despite all the rain, Panama is not a clean country & if you think it’s just Panama city, think again. I now live in Arraijan & there’s garbage strewn all over the place.
They could easily hire people to clean it up since the cost would be minimal since they don’t pay their workers much at all ($400 per month), but obviously they don’t care enough to train people to STOP garbage dumping & to have the garbage cleaned up & maintained.
A month or two after I got here, I even heard a tourist from Trinidad complain about the filth in Panama city. She said she will never come back here.
And as always, the richer neighborhoods are cleaner than the poorer ones.