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Nov 13, 2012

Company will continue to pick up garbage; but not the cheque

George Lamb

Belize Waste Control has a long standing garbage collection contract with CitCo; twenty years to be exact. But the problems with the timely payments to the company only started in 2008. Despite not being paid, Lamb says that BWC will honor its contract to collect garbage. Lamb says that there is a breakdown in communication between the Council and Belize Waste Control.


George Lamb, General Manager, Belize Waste Control

“We are out there with the limited resources that we have. Our trucks have been out there since last week. But our resources are dwindling.  I would have expected from City Council to say to Belize Waste Control, listen, by the end of the week or the month, we are having cash flow problem and we won’t be able to pay you guys. I mean some kind of respect. But we haven’t heard anything from the mayor; there is no request. He is asking for common courtesy? He asked you guys, but he has never talked to our company. And not because the other mayor failed in their commitment to make payments to our company that becomes common law. No, no, no. It is wrong what they did in the past and it is wrong what he is doing now.”


Duane Moody

“What is it that BWC is going to do if nothing is done, no communication between BWC and the City Council to chart a way forward?”


George Lamb

“Well what we are going to do is that we are going to provide the service until the last penny. As a matter of fact, we will probably be in debt, but we will work out every single penny we have available until we can’t go no more. To hear the mayor expecting us to provide services without resources, without money and his thing is that it will compromise the contract; that it will be a breach of contract. The contract provides for him to pay us so that we can provide the work.”


Lamb says that final preparations are being made as the company intends to protest in front of City Hall on Wednesday. 

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2 Responses for “Company will continue to pick up garbage; but not the cheque”

  1. Storm says:

    It’s disgraceful how the Mayor and Citco handle public money and run from just debts. Can we say DEADBEATS?

    Let’s mark this down and remember it come next election day.

  2. Duane says:

    It’s interesting how a simple power play was established by the Mayor. The proprietors of BWC put themselves in a compromising position by protesting; leading to what may be seen as passive aggressive. When the Mayor called his bluff and insisted that he would deploy city employees to address the garbage issue, we get this patriot comment about working to the last penny. I must give it to him. He is a businessman with foresight. Knowing well that he can go to court and be paid for breach of contract is not his interest. That would lead to a onetime payment and him finding a new business in which to invest. As a citizen of the great vacation paradise, I believe that these unsustainable and ridiculous contracts that these companies hold need to be cancelled in the interest of the city, and renegotiated.
    As a businessman myself, I hope he gets his money. 

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