Main city garbage collectors withdraw over pay

Puran Brothers and Cevons Waste Management have indicated via letters that they would be withdrawing their services effective from Monday, November, 26 2018, the City Council said today.

Because of a serious financial shortfall, the Council is unable to honour its obligation to both contractors in a timely manner, a situation which council regrets, it said in a statement.

It added that five small contractors have indicated that they would work with the Council from Monday, November, 26 2018.

The two main contractors have withdrawn service on several occasions over pay.

In the statement today, the City Council said:

“The Council expends approximately 30 million dollars monthly for the removal of waste from the city environs. The monthly income of the council is approximately 89 million dollars and the solid waste Management bill accounts for 38 percent of that monthly revenue intake.   

“Moving forward in the year 2019, Council will have to reassess how it manages waste collection in the City by:

“·         Reexamining the contractual agreements with both Puran Brothers and Cevons Waste Management. 

“·         Considering the proposal of the Director of Solid Waste Management Mr. Walter Narine, who proposed that the collection of waste be subsidized by collecting a small fee from each household. According Narine a small fee would help to offset the waste management bill.

“·         The Council will have to re-organize the structure of the Solid Waste Management Department by increasing the fleet of vehicles.

“According to the Director of Solid Waste Management council will be able save substantially if it takes on 50% of the work.

“The Council is scheduled to meet with the small contractors on Friday November, 23 2018 to concretize the details of the agreement”.

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