Both the City’s Mayor and Town Clerk have denied authorizing that garbage be dumped in the compound of Stone Depot on Princes Street, Georgetown. This is despite the fact that tons of garbage is being transported and dumped in the aforementioned compound, causing great discomfort to the people who work there.
The waste was supposed to be taken to the official Haags Bosch landfill site located at Eccles, East Bank Demerara.
The mountainous piles of garbage consist of materials that were left behind in the aftermath of the recently concluded Mashramani celebrations.
When Kaieteur News visited the Stone Depot compound, the workers were extremely upset, and complained of being disrespected by the officials who ordered that the rubbish be dumped at their workplace.
Apart from the flies and mosquitoes that now swarm their working area, the men and women who fall under the employment of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are to also deal with the stench of the unsightly build-up of garbage.
Nobody seems to know who has authorized the dumping, but as the ghastly pile of garbage continues to get bigger, the workers are becoming more and more frustrated.
“We can’t continue like this. We are people, and this thing that dey got we in here is very unhealthy,” one man said. “It gat suh much truck and tractor loads coming in here and dumping garbage, that it hard to keep track of it,” another worker added.
The workers are also at another discomfort, as a number of dead dogs tied in bags were dumped in the canal just outside the compound, in proximity to its gate.
“Right outside by the gate, next to the bridge the thing deh, and it stink. When yuh think yuh could escape the smell in here, yuh can’t even go by the gate and lime, because the smell out deh worse,” a worker told this newspaper.
He said that the workers are all annoyed, especially since they have no one to complain to.
“It look like this compound is the eye pass compound. People bringing all dem unwanted things and dey dumpin’ it here, and I think is about time we put a stop to it,” the worker said.
According to the M&CC employees, a couple of them had approached the supervisor of the Stone Depot with their complaints. However the workers said that the boss responded that the garbage will soon be burnt.
The supervisor did not reveal who has ordered that the waste be piled up at Stone Depot.
“How dey can burn garbage in this environment, eh? This ain’t right. Look at this pile, and it deh right up to the buildings now, so I don’t understand wha gon happen to we if dey burn it right here.” Something got to be done. Almost two weeks now we suffering with this thing, and with how terrible this thing is, somebody might end up falling sick,” an employee said.
The man explained that a few years ago, garbage used to be buried aback of the Stone Depot compound, and that this did not cause any inconvenience to the people working there.
“I guess we could live with dem burying it here, but why dey gat to do that when we got the dumpsite up the East Bank (Demerara)? We does maintain that place, and dey still dumping here. This eye pass got to stop,” the Stone Depot worker stressed.
When contacted via telephone yesterday, Town Clerk, Carol Sooba said that she is not aware of the dumping. Before Kaieteur News could ask further questions on what could be done to alleviate the woes of the Stone Depot workers, Ms. Sooba hung up her telephone.
Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green, on the other hand, went on to reiterate the complaints about being bypassed by the Town Clerk.
In all the blame shifting, those working in the Stone Depot compound continue to be incovenienced, and are calling on both the Mayor and Town Clerk to “stop the bickering and work in the interest of the people who are suffering.”
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