Mounds of garbage still line streets as irate residents await collection

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Despite recent claims from the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) that the vast majority of garbage collection routes had been covered during the first week of January, several residents in eastern and northern New Providence on Monday revealed that they are still living in litter-filled conditions.

“We are not satisfied with the service because they don’t come like they should,” one resident complained to Eyewitness News Online.  “I think the garbage should be picked up every week, but they don’t come every week. They come once every two to three weeks.”

“They are way behind,” another resident exclaimed.

“It’s not a regular schedule. If they come Tuesday of this week, they will come Thursday of the following week. It’s not a consistent thing.”

The DEHS issued a press release on January 7, which outlined that the influx of waste was due to the holiday season. Yesterday, however, citizens claimed that the backlog of waste collection was an issue prior to the holidays.

“From before the Christmas it’s been like this,” one man cried. “It’s been like this straight through. It’s been two to three weeks now; they’re not coming. We have to try burn it up or get rid of it. They’re not helping – they are doing bad.”

On Malawi Street, in the Elizabeth Estates area, one resident told Eyewitness News Online that his experience has been quite the contrary.

“It’s been wonderful, it’s been on time,” the eastern resident expressed. “It’s like clockwork. Every Monday at 5 o’clock, they pick up the trash.

Nonetheless, residents are appealing to the government to swiftly tackle the trash trouble that plagues the capital as they are in fear of having a severe rodent infestation.

Eyewitness News Online understands that waste collection contracts were re-issued, however, attempts to reach officials on Monday for comment were unsuccessful.

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This article was written by Matthew Moxey – Eyewitness News Online Intern