Georgetown, GINA, August 28, 2013
In moving to strengthen the capacity of the 15 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Region Four and the Georgetown Municipality, to better effect solid waste management, Cabinet, had approved US$185,000 (about $37M) for the acquisition of 827 waste disposal bins.
The first set of these bins was handed over to representatives of the NDCs by Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Norman Whittaker, today at the ministry. Also present were Permanent Secretary (PS) Collin Croal and the Project Manager (ag) Georgetown Solid Waste Management Programme Gordon Giles.
Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Norman Whittaker, Permanent Secretary (PS) Collin Croal and the Project Manager (ag) Georgetown Solid Waste Management Programme Gordon Giles with the representatives of the Region Four NDCs at the first handing over of the waste collection bins.
The bins with volumes of 240,660 and 11,000 cubic-metres are for specific identified public spaces including schools and hospitals’ compounds, health centres, and markets in the NDCs and in Georgetown.
“This is just another phase, another step, another part of our effort to bring improvement to the way, we deal with solid waste collection and disposal in Region Four,” Minister Whittaker said.
He pointed out that the ministry’s effort with solid waste disposal has not been confined to Region Four, and that the ministry has been looking at addressing the issue in the other regions. He pointed to the ministry’s focus on the solid waste contracts between the Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) and solid waste contractors in the regions outside of Region Four. He admitted that there have been some teething problems, in this effort but said that ministry has been working to improve on them.
Overseer, Buxton/Foulis NDC Cherlyn Herod uplifts from Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Norman Whittaker, waste collection bins for that NDC.
Minister Whittaker also emphasised cost, and the importance of the use and security of the bins, and urged that the NDC officials encourage the residents to use the bins.
The Permanent Secretary explained that bins were funded under the Georgetown Solid Waste Management Programme, which is a Government of Guyana (GoG,) Inter American Development Bank (IDB) funded project, that has within its boundary the construction and full implementation of the Haags Bosch Landfill site. The programme is also aimed at addressing the issue of littering around Region 4, he said.
He pointed out too, that the purchase of four compactor trucks, at the total cost of US$620,000 has been approved to support the use of the bins.
A few of the bins of 240,660 and 11,000 cubic metre volumes procured for specific identified public spaces within the Region Four NDCs and Georgetown.
The trucks; two waste rear-loader with a capacity of 21.1cubicmetres and two smaller rear-load mini-compactors with 6.7 cubic- metre capacity, will be utilised to lift the bins and dispose of the waste, he said.
Tenders for the bins were advertised internationally and the contract was awarded to Unit Export Limited of England. The bins arrived in Guyana about a month ago.
Meanwhile, Minister Whittaker also announced that the ministry is working with the Georgetown Municipality and the Ministry of Public Works in a clean up exercise that has already started in preparation for the visit of Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro who is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, August 31, for an one-day state visit.