Political campaigns generate all kinds of garbage—fliers, yard signs, empty promises. But at least promises don’t litter the streets long after the races are over. Every year, state institutions, grassroots organizations, and crafty individuals battle the scourge of leftover campaign materials. In Brazil, this past election cycle produced thousands of political sandwich boards that still lie scattered across the country.
“There are countless sandwich boards for several candidates, irregularly scattered throughout the city, clogging sidewalks, disturbing the circulation of pedestrians, and polluting public roads,” says Marcos de Sousa, editor of Mobilize Brasil, an organization that promotes sustainable urban mobility in Brazil.