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Feb 7, 2018

The Enduring Problem of Garbage in P.G.

If you travel through the southernmost town of Punta Gorda, you are likely to be hit by the unsightly accumulation of garbage.  Solid waste management is an issue that plagues the residents.  The tons of garbage are simply disposed of in an area of town where it is dumped along a feeder road. Tonight, News Five looks at the garbage woes affecting the municipality.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Sanitation remains a perennial issue for the Punta Gorda Town Council, irrespective of political administrations at the helm of local government.  The garbage dump for PG is several miles outside of town limits, but a quick glance around the site clearly shows that it sorely lacks any modicum of solid waste management.  It’s a concern that is central to both mayoral candidates from the major political parties.

 

Carlos Galvez

Carlos Galvez, P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate, PG

“If you see the condition right now, the garbage collection is totally being mismanaged by this U.D.P. administration.”

 

Without a transfer station akin to facilities that have been built in Belize City, San Pedro and other parts of the country, garbage collection and disposal poses a health hazard.  It is also an eyesore.  Litter is trucked to this remote area just outside of town and is simply discarded on the wayside of this feeder road.

 

Ashton McKenzie

Ashton McKenzie, U.D.P. Mayoral Candidate, PG

“There is a need for us to rectify the sanitation situation.  Sanitation is something that not only this town council, but so many town councils before have actually been grappling with and it is something and it is something definitely of importance to my colleagues and I.  The present town council in terms of sanitation, we know that we don‘t have all the resources at hand and we do our best to try and be proactive and proactive in the sense that we try to seek resources elsewhere.”

 

Former two-term Punta Gorda Mayor Anthony Westby agrees that whichever party wins come March seventh, a better system of solid waste management needs to be implemented.

 

Anthony Westby

Anthony Westby, Former Mayor, PG

“I would like to also see a better garbage collection because we need to keep our little town clean, because now we are getting a lot of tourists in this town.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“It would seem as though the issue of garbage collection continues to be a problem for the town council here in PG.  As a former mayor yourself, what are some of the recommendations that you would give in order for there to be a proper cleaning up of the sanitary waste around town?”

 

Anthony Westby

“I would say that they need better trucks, for one.  As far as I see, they‘ve only got one truck that‘s working and this town needs at least three trucks to keep it clean.  One truck cannot keep this town clean, in my time we had four trucks running for garbage collection and we had one for patching of streets also.  Now they have one garbage truck and that cannot keep this town clean.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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