Bulldozers cleaning the Avenue du 2 mars in Casablanca.
When important Moroccans visit Casablanca – notably, Morocco’s king – bulldozers sweep all the trash from the sides of the roads and leave them spic and span. However, just a few metres away, hidden behind bushes, trash keeps piling up, out of sight of royal eyes.
Casablanca has one of the highest air pollution rates in the kingdom. In 2008, it was home to a full 20 percent of all Moroccans suffering from respiratory diseases. Pollution in the form of trash is also scattered over the city’s sidewalks and empty lots, which are often used as de facto dumps in the absence of adequate garbage collection services.
Bulldozers cleaning the side of the road in Casablanca. Filmed on May 16.