New Dumpsite To Open Tomorrow
After years of waiting on the authorities to close off the Mandela dumpsite which has posed a number of health risks to those who live nearby, the way has now been cleared for the opening of the new landfill site at Haag Bosh on the East Bank of Demerara.
The $4 billion dollar project funded by the IDB will become fully operational from tomorrow February 1st, – allowing for the closure of the temporary landfill site at the cemetery in keeping with the regulations of the Environmental Protection agency.
According to a release from the Ministry of Local Government , the site will greatly enhance the city’s ability to cope with solid waste management and bring much needed relief to the residents in the vicinity.
The site is expected to accommodate garbage coming from the city, communities on the East Coast as well as the East Bank. But even as the Ministry has announced that no tipping fee to dump at the site will be charged just yet, the Georgetown Municipality is now concerned that the new site will now bring additional cost to the council.
Deputy Mayor Robert Williams in an interview with this newscast said that given the distance the trucks will now have to cover to reach the new site, it is expected that they will have to pay more for fuel.
And while the municipality still has responsibility to ensure that the city and its environs remain clean, it is urging citizens to desist from using the cemetery to dump their garbage and use the new site at the back of Eccles.
The GOVERNMENT is expected to manage the new dumpsite possibly through the work of contractors.