Garbage Ghosts Haunting Belize City?
Garbage, garbage everywhere…that's what it's been like in the city all this week. And while residents of this city by the sea don't expect the city to be pristine, most agree that this is really a bit much. Today Mayor Zenaida Moya explained that City Hall is not blind to the problem and are addressing it, however slowly. And while she says that CITCO is trying to alleviate the problem she is blaming the pileup of garbage to a greater conspiracy, call it the garbage ghosts.
Zenaida Moya, Mayor of Belize City
"I don't want to be a conspiracy theorist in any way, I won't say it is definitive, but what I can say is you know all of a sudden we see huge piling of garbage in particular areas. Now you tell me, would all the residents on one street just come together and say they are going to bring their garbage and take it to one location, I don't think so. But that is what we are seeing. All of a sudden we are seeing a whole lump sum of garage in one area. There must be some persons who are being asked or told and given whatever it is to go and pile up these garbage in one area. We are very concerned that it is being done intentionally."
Even the yellow and the green bags are not being picked up. Those are lining the streets now.
"Well that is what we spoke to Waste Control about and what they told us is that they are supposed to be picking garbage from the area. They may be picking up garbage early in the morning but the sanitation companies, SEL and BML, they will continue to clean the streets and pick up garbage. We are happy. All residents are happy about that. So the garbage accumulates. The council through the sanitation manager will ensure that the schedule is fully harmonized with Belize Waste Control. So both SEL and BML, the companies that actually collect the garbage, and then Waste Control, who actually take away the garbage, that they will be harmonized."
Moya says that meetings will be held with the Belize Waste Control to put in additional trucks to pickup garbage on Saturdays and Sundays as well as employing City Council resources to help speed up the collection of garbage.