by Zena Henry
With the new cleaning frenzy sweeping across the city, vendors of the Stabroek Market and citizens of South Georgetown are scheduled to commence massive cleanup exercises this Sunday.
Already, fire fighters, who are based at the Stabroek, turned out in their numbers on Friday to lend a hand to the clean-up effort around the Caribbean’s largest public market and Demico area.There, they shoveled out large amounts of silt, bottles and other objects from drains.
In a public notice, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council informed that a quantity of equipment was donated by Scotia Bank to help with cleanup activities to be conducted by the Lodge community group and residents.
City Hall said that several stakeholders have come on board and have supported cleaning activities with manpower, tools and equipment being donated. The donation to the Lodge group will allow for the continued clean up exercise which would involve the clearing of drains, alleyways, and parapets.
The North Ruimveldt community development group will also commence the cleaning of drains in that area, and Block ‘F’ North Sophia community group will clean up that area on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
On that same day, the Council advised, stallholders operating at Stabroek Market will work with Georgetown City Council to clean the Stabroek Market and its immediate environs.
“The Council is calling on all citizens, business, and community groups to join this clean-up the City movement. Council is imploring citizens and businesses that are engaged in wanton disposal of garbage to desist because their action of indiscriminate dumping will only compromise the hard work and effort by those who desire to see Georgetown regain its name the ‘Garden City’.”
The Environmental protection Agency (EPA) is also ongoing with its “name them shame them” campaign where they are highlighting numerous litter culprits with over 10 persons including well-known business places being recently pulled in for illegal dumping and littering.
Some persons have been fined $50,000 to $100,000, while others were issued removal orders. The EPA urges citizens to contact the Litter Enforcement Unit on 600-0620, 219 2630, 225-0506, or email [email protected] to report illegal dumping activities.