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Jan 18, 2017

CitCo Promises No Disruption in Garbage Removal

Last week Monday PASA informed the Solid Waste Management Authority that they would not be carrying out anymore works at the transfer stations and the regional sanitary land fill at mile twenty-four. And so far work has not resumed, and from we had gathered all indications were that it was an issue surrounding the contract.  While this is a matter between Central Government through the Solid Waste Management Authority and PASA, the Belize City Council has been kept abreast of the developments. Today, we spoke with Mayor Darrell Bradley and he told us that while they have concerns about possible back up, so far things have been running smoothly. He also indicated that they have been having talks to see if they can provide some kind of assistance:

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“From our point of view, our concern is that there is not any back up of garbage. We were in discussions with our partners with relation to collection of garbage in the city in terms of what kind of garbage were they collecting at the transfer station. They had actually interrupted some of what we would consider to be the core services over the past few months and we have had to engage with them on that point of view, on that score, because it is important from our standpoint that the collection of garbage and the proper disposal of garbage is something that is not interrupted. So that, we are not directly involved because it is the solid waste management authority, but we are kept regularly apprised of the situation.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, what is the status right now as we speak; was there a meeting held recently?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well, I know that there is ongoing discussions but again from the City’s standpoint, we do not want any interruption in the collection of garbage and that has not been the case. We have been in close communication with the sanitation contractor that collects garbage. We know that for some time they have been having difficulties with the company because for some time the company has been indicating that they weren’t going to collect some types of waste, which is part of the contract. We were very concerned about that. We made representations in relation to that and our primary issue is that we do not want any interruptions in the collection of garbage for Belize City because again, you do not want the city to look bad, any disgruntled residents and again you want the transfer station functioning in the way that it is and is collecting and disposing of all the garbage that is pursuant to the contract.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, Mayor, is everything running – up and running smoothly at mile four?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well, everything to our understanding is. There has been the situation with the backup. One of the things that was discussed – we had a meeting about it – was whether or not the city council should absorb some of the cost in relation to pushing back some of the garbage. We noted that there was a significant build up as a result of the recent hurricane and we were dumping a significant amount of garbage after the Christmas holidays likewise and so one of the things that we were asked to do with the bulldozers to level the trash at the mile four facility to ensure that additional garbage could be dealt with at that area. Those are the kinds of conversations that we are having. I don’t know that the facility is not taking garbage.”

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