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Private haulers are back

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Private haulers are back

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The private waste haulers will be back on the roads today while the Sanitation Services Authority (SSA) looks to bring in new trucks in six months to augment its aging and tired fleet.

SSA general manager Rosalind Knight said Sunday the plan, which was originally instituted in October 2016, would be back in effect for another six months from today to help the state-owned entity deal with the unsightly build-up of garbage, particularly in the northern parishes.

Her comments came as residents in Farm Tenantry, St Peter, cried out Sunday that it had been weeks since a garbage truck last visited their area.

One resident noted: “It is just getting worse out here and persons just coming and dumping every day.”

At Round-The-Town, St Peter, there was so much garbage, some of it had been piled atop a church’s walls in plain sight of worshippers.

When contacted, Knight revealed: “We are recommencing the programme with the waste haulers from [today] so the people in St Peter should get some relief as of this week. St Peter, St Lucy and St Philip should get some relief.

The same companies which were involved in the 2016 pilot – Garbage Master Ltd which had joined forces with Forde’s Freighting and Rental Services; Jose Y Jose/Project Recycle Ltd; Simpson Trucking and Skip Services, and Williams Liquid and Solid Waste Management – would be again collecting refuse. (HLE)