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After not being able to keep to a strict garbage collection schedule because of recent heavy rains, the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) will begin an intensive garbage collection schedule beginning today, Director Melanie McKenzie told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
"The Ministry of Health and the Department of Environmental Health Services apologize to the public for the inconvenience experienced due to poor and inadequate garbage collection in recent weeks," they said in a release yesterday.
"The department is in the process of finalizing arrangements for the collection of all solid waste in New Providence over the next seven days."
DEHS said in the release that it will deploy its fleet to collect trash across New Providence with the help of Impact, United Sanitation, and Bahamas Waste "to collect the residential waste that has accumulated particularly following Hurricane Irene and the subsequent rains."
According to the release, residents will be advised through the media of collection days and are asked to bag their trash and place it by the roadside on those scheduled days.
One Oakes Field resident, who wished to not be named, said the garbage in his area was piled up higher than a man. He said it was a mixture of trash accumulated since the hurricane and regular household garbage.
The man complained that rats had begun to move into the trash and he was concerned about the overall unsanitary nature of the hoard of garbage in his front yard and his neighbors' yards.
McKenzie said DEHS was unable to keep with its schedule due to the weather, as well as other reasons she did not disclose.
However, she said the department is hoping to get customers back to their regular once-per-week collection schedule.
By SANCHESKA BROWN
THREE years after spending millions of dollars on 10 new garbage trucks that were expected to solve Nassau's waste management woes, the government is now having to outsource collection routes to a private company.
The Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) confirmed yesterday that it has temporarily contracted the services of Bahamas Waste Management to assist with the collection of household waste in New Providence.
In January 2008, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis commissioned five new "state-of-the-art, fully automated garbage trucks" which were expected to improve the garbage collection capabilities of the DEHS. Five additional trucks were ad ...
I am in full agreement with Tired of Waiting, the letter to the editor published June 5. Governments may change, but some things never change as in the inability of the Environmental Health Services to provide efficient garbage collection and disposal services.
For many weeks prior to the election, garbage collection was disgracefully sporadic, only once every two weeks if we were lucky. Since then it has been shamefully nonexistent and I am again, every week, forced to dispose of odious bags of refuse using my own vehicle to avoid a rodent epidemic and to prevent the front of my home looking like the Harrold Road dump site.
You had kindly published a letter of mine concerning this vexing and unhealthy problem during the previous administration's tenure to no avail; perhaps the only way to draw some attention to our plight would be to deposit our garbage in Rawson Square with the rest of the rubbish.
- Ian Mabon
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I want to thank Tribune reporter Ava Turnquest for doing the story on the poor garbage collection a few weeks ago. I am one of the callers who called into The Tribune's newsroom and was transferred to her. Within 48 hours she had written a front page article on the matter. I was most surprised and excited.
Before her article, I had to wait up to two and a half weeks for collection. Since her story broke, my garbage has been consistently picked up weekly. I am now seeing garbage trucks back on the road in the evenings too.
I wanted you to know that your work does make a difference and is much appreciated. Keep up the good work.
GARBAGE, debris and old appliances will be collected from outside your home by the Department of Environmental Health carrying out an emergency waste collection before Hurricane Irene strikes. Everyone is encouraged to put anything likely to fly in the storm outside for the collection as soon as possible.
Nassau, The Bahamas - Rainy weather has caused a delay in the New Providence island-wide garbage collection schedule.
June 5, the Ministry of the Environment issued a public apology for the
delay, as well as the inconvenience it has caused. The ministry also
encouraged the public to dispose of household waste at the depository
site established at the front gate of the Harold Road facility.
The Ministry of the Environment states as follows...
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
IRREGULAR and inadequate waste collection in Nassau could be the trickle-down effect of budget cuts in the Department of Environmental Health, claims a union chief.
Funding allotted for overtime was cut in this year's budget, and some sanitation workers allege this decision has negatively impacted collection efforts.
For the past month, The Tribune has received calls from residents of various neighbourhoods in the capital lamenting sporadic and insufficient service.
Residents tell of their frustration and disgust at having to wait in excess of two weeks before waste collection or until directly prompted.
The General Public is hereby notified that effective Thursday 15th September, 2011, the Department of Environmental Health Services will intensify its household collection services for the island of New Providence. Private sector sanitation collection companies will be assisting the department with this venture.