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May 5, 2016

BWC and FSTV Part Ways over Garbage

George Lamb

The Belize Waste Control is at odds with the management of the Fort Street Tourism Village over the cost of collecting garbage from the facility.  BWC recently pulled the plug on FSTV after several attempts were reportedly made by the company for compensation based on the volume of refuse gathered from vendors inside the village.  According to manager George Lamb, BWC has been losing revenue since last December, citing a significant difference in what is being collected and what is being billed to FSTV on a monthly basis.  The accumulation of waste at the port of entry, says Lamb, can present an unwanted public health issue.


George Lamb, Manager, Belize Waste Control

“Recently, we have come to a stop in our service as a result of FSTV not wanting to cooperate with us.  In the past we have made many attempts in order for us to be paid for the full volume of waste that facility has been generating.  There were many methods, many that we have adapted in agreement with FSTV, such as the vendors paying us per volume or we are charging a flat rate.  The last position we had taken with them was that every vendor would have paid a flat rate and that suggestion came out of FSTV.  However, that has not been working over the last few months and this is where we are today. We were made to understand that this is a port of entry and the standard that is required there must be higher than that of what is being maintained outside of the Tourist Village.  So consistent garbage collection must be maintained.  Secondly, you are looking at reducing or discouraging rodent infestations and other varmints that may have negative effects on people’s health and we don’t want that to happen at our, this port of entry, especially a tourism port of entry.  Now, the situation is that we have just passed through a peak season where they’ve been generating excessive volumes of waste and in order for us to have controlled and managed those waste, we had to increase the number of receptacles there and also the number of days to collect the waste.  In those seasons they’ve been averaging out probably about three hundred and sixty cubic over a short period of time.  We’ve been trying to get FSTV or the vendors operating there to compensate us for the volume of waste but there seems to be a problem with FSTV and also the vendors operating there.  Nobody wants to take responsibility for the excessive waste.  I think, if I would be correct, I think back in December we had lost up to about ten thousand dollars and in January it’s close to that figure, [it’s roughly the same for] February and March.  We’ve approached the management of the facility, FSTV and they gave us the impression that they would be working along with us in order to get the vendors to take responsibility and come on board and pay us for the service.”

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