Since discontinuing the garbage collection services of its two main disposal agents in Georgetown, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has obtained the services of a number of small contractors.
While the M&CC’s move to alternative garbage collection is timely and commendable, there are particular issues that the Council needs to urgently address with those new contractors. These relate to the timing and consistency of their collection and the consequent inconvenience it poses to taxpayers and disruptions to the free flow of vehicular traffic.
These new collectors seem to turn up for garbage collection at any time and on any day. There are three noted instances over the past week in different areas within the city. Details are withheld from this letter, but can be provided to the Council upon request, since the purpose of this missive is to advocate and not to prematurely affect the image of those concerned publicly.
In one area, where garbage is traditionally collected early on Wednesday mornings, the new collectors did not do so until the following day at about 16:00h (4 pm) when vehicular traffic had peaked. In another instant, garbage collection usually done early Saturday morning was done midmorning on Sunday, again causing some inconvenience to road users and an unholy stench to worshippers at church.
The M&CC is urged to collectively review the level of performance with its new garbage collectors, since all of their disposal vehicles do not display contact information for feedback. It is recommended that garbage collection be done either prior to 07:00h (7 am) daily; in the evenings; or at other suitable off-peak periods during the day.