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Businesses to pay for garbage collection; garbage collection companies to be paid by year-end- Town Clerk

City Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk, Royston King.

Georgetown’s City Council on Wednesday said businesses would from September 1, 2017 have to pay for their waste to be collected, even as the municipality promised to pay off the GYD$300 million to the two major garbage  collection companies before year-end.

“The city will introduce fees on commercial and industrial waste beginning form the 1st September, 2017. There were consultations with businesses and other stakeholders and it was agreed that commercial and industrial waste should attract special fees,” Town Clerk, Royston King said in a statement.

Well-placed sources said the rates have not yet been set, but they are expected to be three-tiered for small, medium and large businesses.

The City’s administration also announced that by December, 2017 Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers would be paid off the more than GYD$300 million owed since 2015 for the provision of waste removal and disposal services.

City Hall’s scrapping of its contracts with those two companies because they had suspended operations to press their case of the debts to be settled has also placed it on a collision course with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) over the violation of deals. “This is on the backdrop that the chamber recognises that non-payment or untimely payments to these contractors for acceptable services rendered to the M&CC is a fundamental breach of contract, yet these contractors have continued to work with the M&CC over the past few years in hopes that the issue could have been resolved amicably,” the Chamber said in a statement.

The Mayor and City Council has since announced that three small private contractors have been hired to help the Solid Waste Management Department to collect garbage once weekly from residential areas and daily from businesses.

The City administration further announced that more trucks and other equipment would be purchased for the Solid Waste Management Department. “Council will retool, re-fleet and re-equip the Solid Waste Management Department to haul and dispose of at least 60% of the city’s waste by the end of December 2017. Technical teams and mechanics will be retrained to service and maintain trucks with new technologies, in this area of our responsibility,” the Town Clerk said.

Currently, City Hall owns four garbage trucks and requires another four which  cost at least a total of GYD$140 million, according to sources.

In an effort to reduce the build-up of waste in Georgetown, the Town Clerk said an aggressive public awareness programme in schools, religious organizations, non-governmental organizations and local communities would be launched in another two weeks.

Other measures would include the City Constabulary’s re-establishment of a “special anti-litter squad” with cameras to target litter bugs who are bent on littering and disrupting the aesthetics of the city and hurting the natural environment. “The Council will go forward with its plan to introduce a ticketing system for litter bugs. This will allow those, who litter the city to pay a fine directly to the Council,” he said.

The Town Clerk said the litter ticket fines would provide much needed money to enforce litter and related by-laws and deter those “who intend to hurt the city.”

Meanwhile, City Hall appealed to vendors  across Georgetown to ensure they have waste receptacles and keep their surroundings clean. “Also, all those individuals, who are vending around the city are asked to ensure that the areas in which they operate are kept clean and tidy at all times. Vendors must have bags or proper receptacles to dispose of wrappings and other packaging materials that they dispose on a daily basis during the sale of their goods. The Clerk of Markets and the Constabulary will be on patrol to assist vendors, to comply with the city’s by-laws.”

  • itmickey

    here we go again…more BS…since the protest action was effective to halting (perhaps eliminating) the jokey parking meter problem, perhaps business ppl can start one to have these numskulls mayoress and riceston removed from office cause of no confidence and total incompetence…

  • Sapodilla Girl

    Please ask City Hall to appeal to itself and de-sludge the drains all around the city. Man, I’d like to be surprised again like I was in 2015 when I saw concrete after years of sludge was removed.

    And as we on de subjeck o’ garbage, tell dem garbage man to stop hustling residents for a raise at every single stop they make to empty bins. We fed up already!

    • Col123

      Them chaps are you neighbors…treat you neighbor like how you would like to be treated!

  • itmickey

    well my friend…when yuh come and see the conditions hey suh I am sure that you would run back weh yuh come from and gladly continue to pay for them trimmings removal…gosh…I dont know why ppl want to stay here (including me)… I have been privileged to travel to many countries across the world and almost everywhere the ppl take pride in their environment…despite the social and economic situations…here is like we sick cause we continue to live in all them filth and eyesore…

    • rs dasai

      Self help clean up guys.

    • Col123

      It’s called pride of ownership… when you work hard for something… including your food, you learn to have more respect for its value… to take care of it.. enjoy it…. and I don’t mean to lecture.. sorry

  • Col123

    Definitely a paradise…Isn’t Paradise de place on east coast whey dem people das drink donkey milk?…just a question…no need to get off you rockers!

  • Gtloyal

    The garbage we see around the city is more the result of our culture than anything else. To throw any waste anywhere is a normal thing with most people. We see it everyday and do nothing nor say anything to stop the practice. We ourselves do it and never stop to consider that we are doing something wrong.

    • Col123

      “To throw any waste anywhere is a normal thing with most people “… HOGWASH it is… not so… the fact is that only in some cultures,you find this blight!… you need to get out a little…

      • Gtloyal

        If you are in your little cocoon, peek out and see the post PPP Guyanese customs, habits and attitudes. Those “blights” that you want Granger to get rid of overnight.
        BTW, aren’t the low class people the majority in the Guyana the PPP left? It was only their preferred ones who got a piece of their get rich quick action. Maybe it is you who need to come out and see … and accept reality.

        • Col123

          I pity the burden you carry fuh them massa… bettah you… at least you threw off those twenty eight years.. now you have twenty three plus two ..and counting…..the envy you portray will do well with you imminent essential hypertension… if you are not there already…

          • Gtloyal

            And what are you doing in massa country if you against him? Look at your posts. You’re not satisfied with Trump … neither Putin … criticizes Granger … and I’d assume you’d object to the Chinese since you are in massaland. You guys are jokers.
            Anyway, be happy. We are.

          • Col123

            Shows how much of the world, to which you were exposed ….this world and life is a privilege … fleeting at that….I happen to know who are the controlling powers…and have earned my own keeps..I am not subservient or dependent on those you mentioned…or anyone else!

          • Gtloyal

            Hope you believe yourself!

    • itmickey

      …Culture? Something wrang with you backside…if them same ppl who does throw garbage about the place go to a difference country or even to the marriot you going see the change in them…they whole attitude change especially if it got one or two white ppl around…

      • Gtloyal

        “they whole attitude change especially if it got one or two white ppl around…”
        Then you may want to put “one or two white ppl …” at every corner and solve the problem.
        BTW, considering your opening statement, I suppose you may wish to check out my front side also. You’re welcome. Guess you’d love it.

        • itmickey

          Sorry…the ‘backside’ statement was pure Guyanese parlance and not meant to be taken literally…also it wasnt intended to detract from the real issue…as today the matter is still headlining…

      • Col123

        Gt is my friend… he das clean them pnc backside fuh a living…

        • Gtloyal

          Is not you who does clean yuh boss man wan when he done do he thing?