Garbage, Health, and Well-Being in Managua

Christopher D. Hartmann

Long described as a city “drowning in garbage,” Managua is ground zero in the fight against unsightly municipal solid waste in Nicaragua. The completion of a large-scale international development project involving the capital city’s only waste site in February 2013, together with the announcement of the “Vivir Bonito” (Live Pretty) national health and well-being campaign a month earlier, may be changing the ways Nicaraguans think about garbage.


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