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Feb 7, 2019

OWTC to Purchase New Garbage Compactor Truck

The Orange Walk Town Council is getting a new garbage compactor truck courtesy of the Japanese Government. The cost for the truck is more than one hundred and sixty thousand dollars and the funds were made available through the Grassroots and Human Security Programme of the Embassy of Japan. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo was in Orange Walk today and found out why the town desperately needs a garbage compactor truck.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

The Orange Walk Town Council successfully applied for financial relief through the Grassroots and Human Security Program of the Embassy of Japan. Today, at Central Park, Mayor Kevin Bernard and Japan’s Chargé  d ‘affaires in Belize participated in a signing ceremony where more than one hundred and sixty thousand dollars was presented to the Council. According to Mayor Bernard, the monies have been earmarked for the purchase of a much needed new garbage compactor truck.


Kevin Bernard

Kevin Bernard, Mayor of Orange Walk

“This town is growing and people are building homes and as expansion takes place there is new garbage coming out. The trucks that the council currently uses are opened back trucks to be able to pick up the garbage from residents and businesses alike. We only have a small compactor truck that is operational along with three open back trucks. So this compactor truck will definitely add to the fleet so we can improve the services in terms of collection time and disposal of garbage because when you have these open back trucks, garbage tend to be flying around still.  The council is very much pleased to have received this grant.”


Mayor Bernard says that within the next three months, the garbage compactor truck will be operating within the town limits.


Kevin Bernard

“This will alleviate a lot of the challenges that we have had in terms of the proper collection of garbage and the way we transfer it to the dump site. We know that as well with the new transfer that will be come in stream pretty soon we have to encourage our citizens to look at proper disposal of garbage, sorting of garbage. Let’s try to encourage recycling on our community and this is one step there.”


For the past few years, the Orange Walk Town Council and the Japanese Embassy have partnered on several initiatives. While most the initiatives were related to education, Chargé D’affaires for the Japan Embassy, Hiroyuki Kubota, says this partnership addressed the proper disposal and management of waste.


Hiroyuki Kubota

Hiroyuki Kubota, Chargé d’affaires, Japan Embassy

“The very vibrant Orange Walk Township, growing population naturally cause the problem of waste management. The waste management is not only a problem here.  It is a universal issue including in my own country. We are very pleased to work with the administration of the town council and the people of Orange Walk to cope with this universal challenge.”


Hipolito Novelo, News Five.

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