An instructional flier distributed in conjunction with the Guadalupe Center’s “garbage can campaign,” part of the center’s early health initiative.
None of the Mexican Americans on Kansas City’s west side initially had garbage cans and used flimsy pasteboard boxes instead. The center worked to educate them on the advantages of sturdier cans while convincing the city to start picking up the trash regularly. Ultimately, a weekly collection was started. The flier laid out the city’s guidelines: “Trash receptacles must be of strong and waterproof material , with covers and equipped with handles and minimum capacity of 5 gallons and maximum of 15. … These cans should be placed in a convenient place and in view of those responsible for collecting garbage.”