Fed up with filthy streets

2010-05-07 00:00

FED up with piles of rubbish that have not been collected in his area, Boughton resident Hugh Harper collected his street’s rubbish yesterday morning and dumped it at the city engineer’s office.

“I am a 66-year-old man and it only took me about 10 minutes to load my truck with about 20 houses’ rubbish,” said Harper.

He said two weeks earlier he took the rubbish to the dump, but yesterday morning he thought “to hell with it” and decided to make a statement by dropping the uncollected refuse at the municipality.

“I was planning on just leaving it outside in one of the trucks, but the security guard told me to bring it inside,” he said.

Once inside the building, Harper had a few words with one of the operations managers at the waste management department, who has been instructed to remain anonymous.

“He told me that they don’t have the resources, but when I was there I saw about seven trucks and a lot of labour,” said Harper.

“I also saw a bunch of people consulting on the issue in an office. They have been talking about this for three weeks now, when are they going to do something?”

Harper walked into the office and gave the municipal employees a piece of his mind. “I told them what lazy, rubbish individuals they are,” he said.

The operations manager said that the offices have been flooded with angry citizens. “Lots of people have been coming in and shouting and fighting with us,” he said.

A lack of trucks has been the municipality’s latest reason for failing to collect refuse.

But Harper said the municipality cannot use this excuse. “They do not have to use a rubbish truck to do this job. They can use any van or truck and then compress the rubbish at the dump,” he said.

The operations manager said that the problem is being worked on and “we will start sorting out these issues tomorrow”.

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