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Jul 7, 2010

Deputy Mayor Philip Willoughby talks about garbage

It’s a perennial problem in the city, the lack of garbage collection, and this morning it raised the ire of vendors at the temporary market at Pound Yard. The stench and filth was too much to handle; but according to the deputy mayor, Phillip Willoughby, it’s their fault. News Five’s Delahnie Bain has the story.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

In the past months the market vendors at the Pound Yard compound have complained about the poor condition of their temporary location and a proposed rent increase. Now they’re facing another problem and this one comes with an unbearable stench. The vendors say the garbage container has been removed and the uncollected waste has been piling up on the ground for days.

Zenaida Sanchez, Market Vendor

zenaida sanchez

“Dehn seh dehn mi wah bring di bin and dehn noh bring it as yet. Four days already done pass and dah situation terrible. I don’t know why dehn tek it. I don’t know. Normally dehn just ker it and bring but now four days passed and dehn noh want do nothing bout dah situation. I noh know.”

Deputy Mayor Philip Willoughby, who also has the Waste Control portfolio, says the vendors caused the problem on themselves.

Philip Willoughby, Deputy Mayor

“There’s a simple policy that we regulate by and is regulated by the Belize Waste Control Limited. All those vendors in the market have to do is to simply bag whatever waste they put in the bin. It’s as simple as that. They have, in the past, refuse to have done so and they continue to be negligent and irresponsible with the way they put the waste and dispose it on the premises.”

Letters were sent to the vendors today saying that they must bag their garbage or face a fine of two thousand dollars.

Zenaida Sanchez

“They just send some papers saying that we have to put it in wah bag. But dehn noh seh when dehn wah come pick up, dehn noh seh nothing bout dat.”

Marcus Guardado, Market Vendor

marcus guardado

“Yesterday the City Council send us a note that because we noh throw di garbage inna di right place, dehn ker di bin or weh yoh call it. I think dehn noh pay dats why dehn—I don’t know who’s in charge to ker di garbage—den dehn want to tell we we got di fault.”

Philip Willoughby

“I saw a letter this morning from the market clerk, Miss Saldivar, reiterating the position that the garbage has to be bagged; it just has to. The document went out, I suggested to Miss Saldivar, Bernadette, that every vendor in the market initial and sign with some sort of identification that they have received or seen this memo and they are in compliance and will continue in compliance with this policy document again.”

But the vendors say they do bag the garbage but since their bin was removed and waste is on the ground, stray dogs and scavengers dig through it.

Zenaida Sanchez

“Yoh si di dogs dehn di tear it up and mess up di place den di people as dehn watch dat dehn noh want reach way back yah den dah me di lose cause me di pay yoh understand. Dah noh something weh dehn wah lef it so and dehn noh wah charge me. I still have to pay underneath yah. And right now business slow too.”

Marcus Guardado

“We pack di garbage in a bag and den ih sprang heads open di bags and tek out di garbage. Si, all di mess right yah so.”

Philip Willoughby

“To my mind there is no truth or validity to that. It’s as simple as bagging the garbage and again placing it there. We have market personnel who roam the entire premises during the day and in the evening. So if any rodents or animals that does not occur on the premises ma’am.”

Willoughby says they will have the mess cleaned up and hopefully, this garbage problem will be a thing of the past. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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9 Responses for “Deputy Mayor Philip Willoughby talks about garbage”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Mr. Willoughby needs to start DRESSING LIKE A PROFESSIONAL!!!!

  2. Maddyvandijk says:

    The city of belize is the most filty place in all of that country, then orangewalk/Corzal seen it for myself, the people are destroying belize from the bottom up with garbage and gun violence.

    I have watched people eating from bags or papers and then throw their garbage right onto the street sides, shows how the people think of belize, right?

    anyway, there need to be X-amount of garbage bins all around the city to help stop the garbage polution, the garbage trucks need to patrolled more regular.

    Time to raise the garbage collectors pay since they have to deal with everyone else filth on a daily basis.

  3. Lany says:

    What the deal with the superman hat… he doesn’t only sound immature he looks immature.. hmm i wonder why we have this situation.. hmmm could it be because he is petty and trying to get back at the market vendor…. yeah willowboy try to aggravate this vendors and see what the outcome would… Do your work thats what we are paying u to do. Work. Mein why do we have these idiots as councillors.

  4. iysha nunez says:


  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    That pic don’t even look like it was taken in Belize.It more looks like Haiti to me sapasse Belize.

  6. Earl Grey says:

    iysha nunez…… How do the people who work in the banks dress????? How do the office clerks dress??? How do the hotel workers dress???? Mr. Willoughby can dress in a button down dress shirt of pale business colors. Polo shorts are for hanging out in. If he eventually want to challenge Mr. Espat (Albert Division)….. HE NEEDS TO LOOK THE PART of a STATESMAN. Is that too much to ask??????????

  7. maddyvandijk says:

    Belize is a lot like Haiti in many ways these days, and this specific kind of scene ( referring to photo) in that country is a norm in that society, I suppose people eventually get use to the dirt, that dirt don’t even look like dirt anymore.

  8. OW Resident... says:

    Mr. Willoughby needs start dressing like a professional??? That would be like placing a diamond ring on a pig’s snout and expecting to turn into a prince!

  9. Earl Grey says:

    maddyvandijk…….. BELIZE is WAY BETTER than Haiti right now, and will be for some time to come. YOU need to stop hating on Belize. YOU always spew such VEMON and our JEWEL and it’s people.

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