Com­fort in mis­ery for months over garbage pile-up


Jamaica Gleaner - - PEOPLE'S REPORT - Com­fort, Manchester

THERE HAS been no garbage col­lec­tion in Com­fort district, cen­tral Manchester, for more than two months. I vis­ited the lo­cal of­fice in Man­dev­ille four weeks ago and was told that col­lec­tion would be re­sumed that week. We did not!

I gave them an ex­tra week, but still there was no col­lec­tion. I then vis­ited the of­fice again on Novem­ber 7, 2016, to com­plain, and I was told that the truck was cur­rently in the Mel­rose Hous­ing Scheme (very close to Com­fort) and that our garbage would be col­lected on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 10.

There was a time in the past when Mel­rose HS would ben­e­fit from col­lec­tion ev­ery week re­li­giously, while months would pass be­fore Com­fort and Broadleaf dis­tricts got theirs. I had to call the head of­fice and Cen­tral Manchester Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Peter Bunt­ing’s of­fice to get our col­lec­tion.

Fast-track to Thurs­day, Novem­ber 10: still no col­lec­tion as promised. I vis­ited the of­fice the fol­low­ing day, de­mand­ing to speak to the dis­patcher for the area. He main­tained that we would get col­lec­tion on Tues­day, Novem­ber 15. Again, no col­lec­tion.


I would gen­er­ally blame the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity of­fice, but now I’m specif­i­cally lay­ing most of the blame on the dis­patcher as it’s painfully ob­vi­ous that hous­ing schemes and neigh­bour­hoods are pri­ori­tised over com­mu­ni­ties.

Dis­patch­ers would not dare have garbage pile up for months in wealthy neigh­bour­hoods. Though these neigh­bour­hoods might also have col­lec­tion prob­lems now and again, the pe­riod is nowhere as long as ours has been in Com­fort.

Garbage has been lit­ter­ing the roads and homes of Com­fort. There is a baux­ite road, which is no longer be­ing used, which res­i­dents use to dump rub­bish. Also, some res­i­dents are now dis­pos­ing of their garbage in gul­lies be­hind their homes.

Res­i­dents have to be pick­ing up garbage be­cause dogs are hav­ing their way at the over­crowded bins. Now, Mr Dis­patcher, Com­fort res­i­dents pay taxes, too, and not just res­i­dents of the Mel­rose Hous­ing Scheme. Com­fort res­i­dents vote in elec­tions and not just res­i­dents of the Mel­rose Hous­ing Scheme.

This up­com­ing lo­cal elec­tion, the mat­ter of steady garbage col­lec­tion should be of paramount sig­nif­i­cance on the agenda of the Manchester Parish Coun­cil. I don’t wish to hear any ex­cuses with re­gard to trucks be­ing bro­ken down. All com­mu­ni­ties mat­ter. I know they do when it comes to gen­eral and lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.


Over­flow­ing garbage in Com­fort, Manchester.

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