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Sanitation Services Employees Go Above And Beyond Their Duties

Freeport, Grand Bahama -- After receiving a wonderful letter from Mail Boat Assistant Manager, in Grand Bahama, Clifford Storr, praising his staff's dedication to their jobs; General Manager of Sanitation Services, Lou Carroll, wanted to acknowledge his hard working staff this month.

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Toss it IN...the BIN!

On
my morning run I passed by two workers from Sanitation Services along the road
collecting trash that had been tossed, likely out of windows of passing
vehicles. How lucky we are to have these men who clean up after us! I call out to
them, "Hey you are doing a great job!", and they look up and smile. I keep on
my pace thinking that this job should not be necessary, all but perhaps once a
year. Are we now dependent on these workers to clean up after us? Does it
reduce the garbage and promote the tossing?

In
many countries it is against the law to litter. Large fines are the outcome.
Living on an island the trash can only remain here with us, or worse make its way into our ocean, and head off perhaps to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Luckily we have a
great waste receptacle called, Sanitation Services. I toured their Pine Ridge
Landfill facility when I first moved here with my children. It is quite
advanced, and I'd encourage each and every school to tour their local garbage management facility in order to
educate our youth about ecology and the responsibility each of us have to keep
our home, island, world clean...

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News Article
Toss it IN...the BIN!

On
my morning run I passed by two workers from Sanitation Services along the road
collecting trash that had been tossed, likely out of windows of passing
vehicles. How lucky we are to have these men who clean up after us! I call out to
them, "Hey you are doing a great job!", and they look up and smile. I keep on
my pace thinking that this job should not be necessary, all but perhaps once a
year. Are we now dependent on these workers to clean up after us? Does it
reduce the garbage and promote the tossing?

In
many countries it is against the law to litter. Large fines are the outcome.
Living on an island the trash can only remain here with us, or worse make its way into our ocean, and head off perhaps to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Luckily we have a
great waste receptacle called, Sanitation Services. I toured their Pine Ridge
Landfill facility when I first moved here with my children. It is quite
advanced, and I'd encourage each and every school to tour their local garbage management facility in order to
educate our youth about ecology and the responsibility each of us have to keep
our home, island, world clean...

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Residents and Visitors Demand Access to Good Quality Water

Nassau, The Bahamas -- Residents and visitors to The Bahamas all demand basic needs such as access to good quality, reliable potable water supply and environmental compliant sanitation services, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said.

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St. George's senior students visit Pine Ridge Landfill

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Last week 27 St. George's senior high school students (BGCSE and AP Sciences) of the Academic Sciences Department participated in the field excursion to the Sanitation Services Landfill along with Ms. Simms and Mr. Thurston, Chemistry and Physics Teachers at the school.  
The student trip is in keeping with the school's and the Ministry of Education's overall goals of affording students varied academic viewpoints of the "real" world. This trip focused on the environmental sciences and protection concerns for our natural environment as an area of research and focus.
The tour of the Pine Ridge Landfill site, owned and operated by Sanitation Services, targeted the science department's goals and objectives to explore landfill management and operations, environmental protection, including nuisance odours incidents handling issues and protocols.
Pictured at the tour are the St. George's students, teachers and Jason Albury, Sanitation Services Landfill Manager. (Photo courtesy of Jolissa Rolle for Barefoot Marketing)

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Statement from Environment and Housing Minister on United Sanitation accident
Statement from Environment and Housing Minister on United Sanitation accident

Reports reaching my ministry confirm that during the early hours of Saturday, 9th December 2012, a tragic accident involving a United Sanitation vehicle claimed the life of a young woman. United Sanitation is contracted by the Department of Environmental Health Services to collect garbage.

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United Sanitation accident statement from Environment and Housing Minister

Nassau, Bahamas - Environment and Housing Minister confirms fatal accident involving contractor Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of The Environment and Housing. Reports reaching my ministry confirm that during the early hours of Saturday, 9th December 2012, a tragic accident involving a United Sanitation vehicle claimed the life of a young woman.

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Bahamas Residents and Wisitors Demand Access to Good Quality Water

Nassau, The Bahamas -- Residents and visitors to The Bahamas all demand basic needs such as access to good quality, reliable potable water supply and environmental compliant sanitation services, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said.

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Grand Bahama school children participate in Earth Day
Grand Bahama school children participate in Earth Day

The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited spearheaded the ‘Keep Grand Bahama Clean’ Campaign, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health Services, Urban Renewal Programme and Sanitation Services.

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Government to reduce garbage collection costs by '500k a year'

The government will save $500,000 through a number of measures being initiated by the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS), according to Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett, who yesterday confirmed the reassignment of garbage collection contracts to a variety of private companies.
Dorsett's comments on government initiatives in the area of garbage collection come a day after Guardian Business reported on the re-awarding of contracts previously provided to private companies to collect residential waste.
As a result of the reshuffling which took effect on December 1, BISX-listed Bahamas Waste's share of the residential garbage collection business outsourced by the government was reduced by 37 per cent.
The shift occurred six months after it invested around $500,000 to pick up additional routes that it had been offered by the government.
While company executives remained reluctant to comment on the changes and their impact on the company this week, the company had indicated earlier this year that it was placing significant emphasis on the additional residential contracts as a means of improving its financial picture in the last six months of the fiscal year.
In financial results for the first nine months of 2013 which were released yesterday, Bahamas Waste suffered a 33 percent profit fall, bringing in $521,558 in net income. Those results would not have been affected by the December contract cutbacks.
In a statement, Dorsett said that garbage collection contracts are entered into by the contracted company and the DEHS on a month-to-month basis and are "renewed based on performance and the discretion of the DEHS as per the contract".
"In December 2013 the DEHS did not renew the contract with Bahamas Waste to cover the collections in Fort Charlotte, and even with this adjustment Bahamas Waste still services more routes than any other provider. Additional companies were also contracted at that time to further assist the government with garbage collection," said Dorsett.
The statement did not go into specifics on why some of the contracts held by Bahamas Waste were terminated, while others remained, or which other companies have now been contracted to do the work.
Dorsett said that in 2011 the government had outsourced garbage collection in inner city communities to Bahamas Waste, Impac Waste Disposal Ltd. and United Sanitation Service.
At that time, the house count in those communities was 12,949 and the contracted companies were paid $5.00 per house, a cost which he said has since be reduced to $2.50.
"It was discovered since my taking office that the government was still being billed based on the 12,949 house count when it should have been 8,476 houses based on updated data. This correction affected Bahamas Waste Limited with a loss of 3,938 houses. At that time they were collecting in three areas and have since been contracted for an additional five areas, which makes Bahamas Waste the holder of the largest number of routes outsourced by the government for residential garbage collection.
"The house count oversight was costing the Bahamian people approximately $2 million since 2011. The measures presently being initiated by the DEHS as it pertains to garbage collection will save the people of this country approximately $500,000 a year," said the minister.
Dorsett said that efforts are being made to ensure Bahamian people get "value for money".
"We are currently working to correct more of the issues that we have come across, such as the practice by some companies of mixing commercial and residential waste in an attempt to avoid tipping fees at the New Providence landfill. The ministry is also looking into improvements to the weighbridge at the New Providence landfill to boost government revenue."

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