Mayor of Georgetown Hamilton Green yesterday said that the Municipality has been given the go ahead by Local Government Minister Kellawan Lall to begin using the Haags Bosch dumpsite as of today. According to Mayor Green, they were called into an emergency meeting on Saturday where discussions were held with contractors and the new arrangements in relation to the new site were ironed out.
Green said that the use of the new site will now bring additional costs to the Council but they have managed to reach a temporary agreement with the two contractors.
“Both Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers have agreed to continue the garbage collection but at a subsidised cost.”
The Mayor explained that given the distance the trucks will now have to cover to reach the new site, the fuel cost will increase.
“But the price we have agreed on is just a temporary something. We will go back into discussions with our contractors.” In addition, the Mayor said that the Municipality will be advertising for other contractors. He however noted that while they will now be able to use the new dump site there are still a few issues that have to be addressed.
He explained that it has been noted that not only Council workers have been picking up garbage and dumping at the Le Repentir, and there will be the need for public relations so as to inform the private collectors.
Nevertheless, the Mayor said he is expecting a smooth transition regarding the moving to the new dumpsite. He added that work at the Le Repentir will also continue to deal with the pile up there.
The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development said that no one would be charged tipping fees at the moment for discharging waste at Haags Bosch landfill, which is located aback of Eccles, East Bank Demerara.
In addition, another $800 million has been allocated in this year’s budget to do additional work on the Haags Bosch landfill site which has four cells.
Each cell has an area of 6.5 hectares (16 acres) and can accommodate garbage for 10 years from Timehri, East Bank Demerara to Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara. This will cater for 15 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and the City of Georgetown.
The $4 Billion project is financed by the Inter American Development Bank and the Government of Guyana.
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