Minister Meyers: Businesses are responsible for disposal of commercial waste

POSTED: 04/8/16 2:10 PM


St. Maarten News – Businesses are responsible for the disposal of their commercial waste, Vromi-Minister Angel Meyers said yesterday. Leaving that waste on the streets could result in fines of up to 5,000 guilders, he warned.

The minister said that the contractor for Philipsburg, all waste in Place, lives up to his obligations. “The contractor collects household waste,” he emphasized, adding that commercial waste is not collected under the contract.

Businesses that close at 6 p.m. should have their garbage removed from the streets no later than 8 p.m. For restaurants, that obviously close later, the deadline is midnight.

“It is forbidden to offer commercial waste for collection,” the minister said. “Commercial entities are responsible for their own waste disposal and if they don’t comply, we will go after them.”

Minister Meyers furthermore addressed problems with the contractor that won the bid for parcel 5 and 6. The contractor in question is Robelto and Sons. It serves parcel 5: Fort Willem, Bush Road, Zagersgut, Coralita Road, Mary’s Fancy, intersection L.B. Scott Road and Gladiola Road towards Cay Hill, A.J.C. Brouwers Road towards Cole Bay and parcel 6: Intersection L.B. Scott Road and Gladiola Road towards South Reward, St. Johns, Retreat Estate, Saunders, Betty’s Estate, Ebenezer, St. Peters, South Reward and Weymouth Hill.

“There I have my concerns,” the minister said. We will have a do=iscussion with the contreactor to rectify the situation; this has my utmost attention. If this is not solved we will bring in a third party to pick up the garbage at the expense of this contractor. And it that does not work we will assign these parcels to the next contractor in line.”

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