Oct 15, 2012 News
During a recent visit at the Haags Bosch dumpsite, Mayor of Georgetown Hamilton Green said the site reminds him a lot of the scenario at the once deplorable Le Repentir dumpsite.
The Mayor said he is more than ever concerned about the pungent stench, which emanates from the site as there continues to be housing developments in close proximity.
Further, Green said by now, as was promised, a second cell should have been opened but that has not yet happened. The Mayor told this publication that he was informed that there is still no special cell for the dumping of dangerous drugs which should have been the case. In addition, the Mayor said that the Plastic Containers Collection programme is still to come on stream so as to prevent the cells from being filled at a rapid pace.
However, the Mayor said he is pleased with the health aspect which the Inter-American Development Bank sought to undertake. Mayor Greene said the litter pickers have reported to him that they are medically examined on a regular basis and they are equipped with all necessary safety gear while on site.
As it relates to the housing developments in close proximity Mayor Greene said he hopes that in years to come, the dumpsite would not create a similar situation like Le Repentir. Greene said that persons living further from the site had protested the establishment of the dumpsite but now he is seeing housing schemes even closer to site. In the meantime the Mayor had promised that his technical people will look into the glitches at Haags Bosch.
The contract for the Haags Bosch was awarded to BK International and Puran Brothers, at the cost of US$9.7M, and these two were tasked not only with constructing the landfill, but also with operating the site over a five to nine-year period.
The landfill was to be a collection and treatment site, as is the role of sanitary landfills, which is basically a hollow in the ground in which garbage is dumped, flattened and covered daily with a fresh layer of dirt. However, from a recent visit, this has not been happening, as mountains of garbage can been seen towering in the air upon entering the site.
When completed, the modern landfill site should have four cells, each sitting on 16 acres, with a lifespan of 10 years. The facility opened in 2011, with the first of the four cells completed, and a directive was issued for garbage disposal firms and other handlers to desist from depositing garbage at the Mandela site.
With just over a year under its belt, the facility has moved beyond catering for the garbage disposal of the 15 NDCs, and has been accepting garbage from other locations.
Operating under the directive of the BK International contractors, garbage disposal follows a very systematic process at the facility that opens from 6am-5pm daily.
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