Sao Paulo, Brazil: Since the announcement that the World Cup was headed to sunny Brazil, the government has received harsh criticism and widespread protest. It is the general consensus that the $11 billion could haven been better spent rather than prepare the Brazilian cities for the major event. Unfortunately many of the stadiums, hotels and other building constructed for the World Cup will not have any real use after spectators leave the country in just a few weeks.
In June of 2013, Brazil hosted the Confederation Cup, which was used as a test-run for the much larger World Cup. One of the major problems that has resulted from the dress rehearsal was the lack of waste removal options for spectators combined with poor area residents hunting for the discarded unwanted materials as a source of income. Rather than correct the issue by providing more garbage collection stations, the Brazilian Government took a different approach.
City Officials decided to increase rent around the neighborhoods hosting the World Cup matches, which forced over 5,000 residents into tents and makeshift homes. This has been the fuel of the protest fire and these temporary communities are littered with crime and of course, trash. Fast-Forward to present day and the waste removal problems are still a major problem that seemly gets little attention from those who can potentially solve it. So the soccer spectators have taken it into their own hands.
With no trash cans or recycling bins in sight, the fans attending the World Cup matches are forced to dispose their unwanted materials on the floor beneath the seats. This seems to be somewhat of a common practice around the globe, but that is not how the Japanese fans operate. Even after enduring a hard fought loss to the Ivory Coast, the Japanese spectators took out their garbage bags and began collecting all of the debris scattered throughout the stadium.
Although this is tremendously commendable, these dedicated fans did not spend their hard earned money and travel thousands of miles to clean up trash. It is the responsibility of Brazil to take action and correct these problem, but it is unlikely that any solutions will be implemented. However how was waste removal overlooked when working with an $11 billion budget?
Budget Dumpster service area currently does not extend to South America, yet, but we would be happy to consult the Brazilian Government on to properly manage waste from major events. However it may be just too late at this point. So watch out for Budget Dumpster, the official waste removal sponsor of the World Cup 2018!