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Coopers Hill tired of trash service

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2013 | 12:00 AM
NSWMA boss Jennifer Edwards (left) and Local Government Minister Noel Arscott (in truck) had better get a handle on the shoddy garbage collection in Coopers Hill. - File


Up to the time of writing on May 19, it has been two weeks since garbage was collected in Coopers Hill, St Andrew. This is how it has been over the past couple of months.

I don't need to elaborate on all the undesirable effects of uncollected solid waste: rodent and insect proliferation come readily to mind.

What is really happening? Even as we pay dramatically increased property taxes, what are we to expect where garbage collection is concerned? The Government's absolute failure to get this one little thing done underscores our belief that it is merely paying lip service to preservation of the environment.

Inconvenient though it may be, citizens with vehicles can load up their solid waste and take it to a public skip for disposal. What of those unable to do so? Well, what you get are garbage-strewn sidewalks, roaming dogs pillaging the mess, ad hoc stinkness, unsightly dumping sites springing up on the gorgeous hillsides that God blessed us with, gullies clogged with bags of solid waste, and the constant burning of garbage by those suffering at the hands of an administration that refuses to collect garbage in a timely manner.

What are we to do? Jamaica of yesteryear was a place that held 'girl pickney' to high standards of hygiene and cleanliness. "You cyaan do dat! You is a gyal pickney!"

Separate standards

I certainly do not impose two separate standards of hygiene in my household, one for my son and one for my daughter.But if only out of respect and deference towards our ancestors, I am imploring Madam Prime Minister, the first female PM of Jamaica, to hold her local government minister, Noel Arscott, and head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (ironically a woman too!) accountable in this regard.

Let it not be said that you presided over a nasty administration and a filthy country, Madam PM. Please treat garbage collection as a priority. Allocate the necessary resources and insist upon an efficient operation.

Frustrated Property Tax Payer

Coopers Hill, St Andrew