Airport Cleaner Strike Reveals The Mountains Of Trash We Make

Dec 06, 2016 at 6:14 PM ET

The cleaners at Barcelona’s El Prat airport recently concluded a five-day strike. It’s since concluded, but photos from the time paint a striking picture… of just how much trash we all leave behind.

The strike, which lasted from November 28 to December 2, started over scheduling changes and holiday cuts.

As the days went by, the garbage cans filled up eventually overflowing with huge piles of trash on the floor. (To emphasize their point, the strikers also reportedly added to the piles, ripping up newspapers and leaving with the garbage.)

“Since I wasn’t aware of it, I honestly thought upon entering, there had been some kind of attack,” one traveller, who was at the airport on December 1, told Vocativ via Twitter.

The airport is now clean, presumably by the same workers who were on strike. This isn’t the end though. Workers are threatening to leave El Prat covered in trash again on their next strike in December 22 if negotiations don’t move forward.