Microlandfills in the Santo Suarez neighborhood, municipality of 10 de Octubre. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

These photographs were taken on

Milagros and Concepción streets,

in the Havana municipality of

Diez de Octubre

, at the beginning of January of this year.

Block by block, we find garbage dumps and micro-landfills, and neighbors complaining about the dirt, stench, flies and other pests that threaten local hygiene.

“They picked it up more than two weeks ago [the garbage]… It affects us with the rodents, the flies, imagine the dirt in front of a store. Rats and mice arrive here all the time. Apart from the viruses that may come out of there,” said Lázaro Rodríguez, winemaker at Concepción y Armas.

Carmen Murillo's house, on Concepción and San Lázaro, is a few meters from the garbage dump on the corner.

Microlandfills in the Lawton neighborhood, municipality of October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

“Imagine, the worm comes up and comes to my house, just like the bad smell. There are worms there because they throw away dead animals, they throw everything there,” she said.

The accumulation of waste not only affects neighbors, it is also a problem for institutions such as family doctor's offices or day care centers.

Dr. Ramón Yero, from office 18, Milagros entre Luis Caballero y Saco, pointed out that garbage collection is “very infrequent at this time.”

The stench from the landfill sometimes reaches the office, he said.

According to Yero, “the population is greatly affected by the presence of vectors, cockroaches, mice, in addition to all the diseases they can cause. In the corner, in front of the micro-landfill, there are children who are months old.”

For his part, Jorge Rodríguez, a resident of

Saco and Heredia,

commented that “there is not a single corner where there is not a garbage can, and weeks and weeks go by and it is not collected.”

Municipality October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Microlandfills in the Santo Suarez neighborhood, municipality of 10 de Octubre. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Municipality October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Municipality October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Municipality October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Waste in the city. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Waste in the city. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Microlandfills in the Lawton neighborhood, municipality of October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Waste in the city. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Waste in the city. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

Microlandfills in the Lawton neighborhood, municipality of October 10. Photo: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate