But it is not just a feeling. There are a number of complaints about Lai's governance here in Tainan, and this is one of them: that his environmental protection bureau is incompetent. As I understand it, the job of a mayor is to oversee the administration of the city which includes coordinating various agencies and hiring and firing the heads of those agencies and other personnel. Perhaps Mr Lai should consider the position of his commissioner for the city's environmental protection bureau.
It is a problem I have mentioned before, it is a problem that annoys me on a daily basis, and it is a problem which I have written to William Lai and the Tainan City government about before.
The problem is garbage; specifically, stinking, rotting piles of refuse that remain uncollected for weeks or even months at a time; damage to areas of the park as a result of uncollected refuse; too few waste bins which are also in poor condition and which need to be replaced; the use of plastic bin bags hanging on trees as a substitute for proper waste bins; the littering and fly-tipping habits of the locals.
|This overturned waste bin in the park is not even provided by the Tainan City government, but by local people who live here. As you can see it was filled to the point of overflowing before it fell over.|
|Another such brown, rotten patch further up the field.|
|Fly-tipping by local Taiwanese is a weekly occurance; in this case bags of polystyrene packaging just dumped behind the hedge next to the pavement.|
|More trash thrown carelessly into the park from the pavement.|
|Plants behind this old stone wall boundary section are now covered with trash and Taiwanese people simply don't bat an eyelid at this; they think it's just normal.|
|Just look at that fucking shite left lying around. It's disgusting.|
|In addition to the piles of cut grass refuse that were removed late, several large piles were left behind and seemingly forgotten and are now beginning to grow as they accumulate additional trash from the local Taiwanese.|
|Another brown patch of spoiled grass left by another pile of cut grass refuse that wasn't removed on time.|
|And another one; this one right next to the pavement which cuts through the field at the north end of the park.|
|The same garbage pile in context with houses across the street and the new apartment complex further behind. This pile of garbage has been here for about a month now.|
|Another in-context shot: you can see that originally, this was just a long pile of cut-grass refuse which has been added to at one end by fly-tipping local Taiwanese.|
|A close up shot; broken tree branch straddles a series of black plastic bin bags topped with all kinds of shite.|
|On the other side of the pile that wonderful little collection of household and kitchen waste.|
|Broken egg-shells stuffed with what looks like tissue paper somebody must have used to blow their nose.|
|One of these bags has been sliced open, probably by stray dogs or cats.|
|Another sliced open bag and a load of organic waste which in this case looks like rotten fruit.|
|An old, wooden chair. As I said this is just local Taiwanese fly-tipping because they don't give a fuck and because of the failure of the Tainan City government to properly supervise and manage their refuse removal workers.|
|Miscellaneous garbage left lying on top of black plastic bin bags.|
|Due to the shortage of waste bins, the volunteers who help to clean the park attach black plastic waste bags to trees as a substitute.|
|The obvious problem with these is that they can be ripped and torn with garbage spilling out around them. This particular bag is fine, but I have had to personally replace ripped and torn bags in the park on several occasions.|
I will send another email to the Tainan City government to complain, but I am getting sick and tired of this. I might just take some people with me and actually go there to complain in person.