“Trash piled up in the streets”
Trash has always been a problem in Tripoli, even under Gaddafi’s rule. During the seven months of revolt, however, the problem became worse. Trash piled up in the streets, because cleaning it up was a job done by black immigrants working for the public cleaning company. When the revolt started, most of these immigrants left the country or stayed home. Even more of them left once Tripoli fell.
“People were so motivated that once all the trash was picked up, they started renovating the streets”
The Fashloom neighbourhood committee declared Tuesday a ‘day of cleaning.’ Making the city cleaner was a top priority – residents complained about the awful smells and the trash bags that had been cluttering the sidewalks for months.