An Update on the Garbage Collection Services

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Published 20th May 2014, 6:15pm

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) apologises to our customers for delays in garbage collection services, especially the commercial service. There are still a number of mechanical issues with the fleet of vehicles and we are working closely with the Department of Vehicles and Equipment Services (DVES) to have the trucks operational and back in service as soon as possible.

We would like to make the public aware that the revised estimated time for delivery of the two new residential garbage trucks purchased during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, is January 31, 2014. This is the result of some delays and in part due to the severe weather conditions in the United States of America (USA).

As an interim measure while our vehicles undergo repairs, the DEH is working with a private sector company to collect all of the uncollected garbage by Wednesday of this week.

All residential customers will continue to receive garbage collection service once per week, and customers are encouraged to only place their waste by the roadside for collection based on the following schedule:

  • Mondays – From Crystal Harbour / Governor’s Harbour to West Bay inclusive of the side roads.
  • Tuesdays – From Safe Haven / West Bay Rd including Harbour Heights to South Church St, Walkers Rd, Smith Rd, Templeton Pine Lake area, Shedden Road, North Sound Road, Breezy Way, Eastern Ave, Mary’s St, Rock Hole, plus the side roads.
  • Wednesdays – From Windsor Park, South Sound Rd, Crewe Rd, Bobby Thompson Way, Half Way Pond, Randyke Gardens, Prospect Point Rd, the entire Prospect area including Patrick’s Island and the side roads.
  • Thursdays - From the junction of Shamrock Rd / Prospect Point Rd. to Will T. Dr. in Bodden Town and this includes Spotts, Homes off the East-West Arterial road plus the Savannah / Newlands area and the side roads.
  • Fridays - From Will T. Drive eastward inclusive of Northward, Bodden Town, East End, North Side and the side roads.

“All commercial customers will continue to see improvements with waste collections from their premises this week, especially after the uncollected waste has been removed” states Mr Roydell Carter, Director DEH.

“As of Thursday this week, it is anticipated that commercial services will be more in line with the ‘normal’ customer requirements as the DEH continues to work with the private sector, while striving to have our own vehicles back into operation”, Mr Carter adds.

In this fiscal year’s budget (2013-2014) the DEH received funding for two new front loader garbage trucks, two additional residential rear loading trucks and two new Roll-On / Roll Off trucks.

Mr Carter comments that “his department and the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES) are now actively working on the procurement process to enable the timely purchase and delivery of these vehicles, which will significantly improve the overall garbage collection services”.

For further information, please contact the DEH at 949-6696.