Clampdown on Food Hygiene Ahead of the Olympics: Daily

Clampdown on Food Hygiene Ahead of the Olympics: Daily

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Rio’s Municipal Health Bureau has started a course of actions that include rigorous inspections, education of business owners and raids in a bid to improve the city’s food hygiene and safety standards. The strategy will see all establishments including street stalls, snack bars, botecos and […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on GIGO

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on GIGO

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The title acronym, short for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”, was once only for computers, but now describes failures in decision-making due to faulty, incomplete or imprecise data. Carioca residents have since last week recognized the cogency of this logic, as we have all seen garbage (still) […]

Garbage Worker Strike Ends in Rio de Janeiro: Daily

Garbage Worker Strike Ends in Rio de Janeiro: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After over four hours of negotiations held at the Tribunal Regional do Trabalho (Regional Labor Court) on the afternoon of Saturday, March 8th, the street sweepers from Comlurb (Municipal Urban Cleaning Company) and the city reached an agreement ending the strike that began on […]

Comlurb President Says Sticking to its Crisis Manual: Daily

Comlurb President Says Sticking to its Crisis Manual: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The President of Comlurb, Vinicius Roriz, said in an interview with O Globo Thursday afternoon that the company is referring back to its “crisis manual” to accelerate the emergency garbage collection in areas most affected by the street sweeper strike during Carnival. Roriz said that […]

Rio Trash Workers Stay on Strike Through Carnival

Rio Trash Workers Stay on Strike Through Carnival

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Trash piled up throughout Rio de Janeiro this Carnival, as street sweepers from Comlurb (Municipal Urban Cleaning Company) went on strike. The strike was declared illegal on Saturday by the Justiça do Trabalho (Labor Court), and the street sweepers’ union, the Union of Employees of […]

Trash Fills Rio’s Streets as Strike Continues: Daily

Trash Fills Rio’s Streets as Strike Continues: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While Carnival celebrations continue throughout the city, trash generated by the multitude of partygoers is piling up in areas of Rio due to a street sweeper strike. Problems began on the morning of Saturday, March 1st when sweet sweepers from the city’s Municipal Urban […]

Rio Starts Issuing Littering Fines: Daily

Rio Starts Issuing Littering Fines: Daily

By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s “Lixo Zero” (Zero Trash) program went into full swing last Tuesday, after being postponed in July. The anti-littering campaign, which has already reprimanded 171 people as of yesterday afternoon, fines those found incorrectly disposing of trash between R$157 and R$3,000. The program intends to […]

Rock in Rio Opens Anti-Littering Program

Rock in Rio Opens Anti-Littering Program

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rock in Rio 2013 mega-music festival is taking place in Rio from September 13th to 22nd, and again is using its popularity to raise awareness about social and environmental issues. This year they launched a campaign against littering and trash on the streets and […]

Rio’s Lixo Zero Littering Law Postponed

Rio’s Lixo Zero Littering Law Postponed

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The implementation of a new law introducing heavy fines for littering in Rio de Janeiro, which should have come into force on Monday, July 1st has been postponed. The reasons given for delaying the implementation are the protests and the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD) […]

Rio Lixo Zero to Impose Fines for Littering

Rio Lixo Zero to Impose Fines for Littering

By Maria Lopez Conde, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dropping an empty soda can on the busy streets of Copacabana could earn you a pricey R$157 fine this year, as Rio de Janeiro will begin to issue fines for those caught littering public spaces in July, city officials announced last month. The initiative, […]