[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Public Relations Department of the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown conducted an opinion poll in Alberttown, Georgetown with the objective of ascertaining the public’s opinion on two vital services provided by the Georgetown Municipality (solid waste collection and desilting and cleaning of drains and alleyways).
Respondents were randomly selected form the telephone directory from which 90% of the participants stated that garbage is collected once every month while 10% stated the garbage is collected once every three weeks.
From the poll, 95% of respondents opined that they are dissatisfied with the service provided while 5% were satisfied with the service provided, with 95% opining that the collection of garbage should be done once per week.
75% of the respondents said that there is an increase in the rodent population in that area. This is directly related to garbage disposed in places other than a receptacle.
Meanwhile, 100% of respondents claimed that they are dissatisfied with the state of drains in the community; 60% of respondents claimed that 3 to 4 years drainages works were done in the area, while 20 % said they could not recall the last time drainage works were done in the community.
Citizens are totally dissatisfied with the service provided by the council. Collection has become a burden or a nuisance to citizens of the city of Georgetown. Inadequate collection has given rise to public health concerns as one such increase in vector population, which can result in an increase in vector rodent diseases. Drainage work is also vital and council has been underperforming in this area of its responsibility.
It has therefore been recommended that the council needs to re-examine the performance of the Solid Waste Management Department.