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Haiti-Terry Clark day 2 in Haiti Relief - Waste management

 

Day two started at the government run waste management facility. As  

with everything else life here is not yet back to normal.

Only thirty percent of the trucks are running on a daily basis, about  

40 units. Most have been sidelined due to wheel and tire problems  

because of the debris littering the streets. Concrete rubble and rebar  

bend wheels break axles and puncture tires so fast the maintenance  

crews can not obtain parts fast enough. These trucks were all out for  

tire and wheel issues, I counted 14 sitting at this facility.


One thing I was impressed with was how clean the facility was kept. It  

was the cleanest place we visited in Haiti, likely due to the  

maintenance staffs inability to do their regular duties.

  

 

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These garbage trucks were stripped in 2004 when the president of Haiti  

fled the country. Most of the trucks were only two years old at the  

time. While searching for sanitation issues we did find standing water  

in the back of all these vehicles. We recommended that holes be cut in  

the platforms to allow drainage and stop the spread of mosquitos. 

 

 

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Reduced trash pick-ups could mean rodent trouble for Flint MI.

 

Reduced Flint trash pick-up begins Monday; residents worry about onset of rodents

By Kristin Longley | Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan - His formal name is Rattus norvegicus, but here in Flint we know him intimately as the rat.

The greasy, gnawing rodent feeds at night, burrows beneath homes and garages and eats everything no matter how disgusting.

But its delicacy of choice? Fresh household trash.

The preferred diet of the rat - and other pesky vermin - has some residents worried that a city decision to collect trash every other week will cause an explosion of the local rodent population.

Rats are attracted to exposed garbage, which could become a serious health hazard if people store trash near their homes, said Genesee County Health Officer Mark Valacak.

Rats can carry several communicable diseases, can fit through an opening a half of an inch wide and are known to bite, he said.

"Just wait for the mice and things to come," said Flint resident Charlie Luster, 68. "People aren't going to want (trash) in their home, and they'll put it out on the side of the road."

Beginning Monday, residential trash pickup will be reduced to every other week, meaning household waste in most cases will be sitting around for an extra week before crews are able to collect it - and it will be up to residents to make sure it's properly stored.

Garbage needs to be kept in secure, covered containers - preferably ones strong enough to withstand tiny, sharp teeth, said Valacak.

Storing trash properly also will cut down on odors and deterioration of wet garbage, he said.

"I'm personally going to have to buy two more trash cans with secure lids," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said. "We're going to have to do some new things in new ways."

Walling said the trash cuts will save the city about $20,000 a week and more than $1 million in the first full year. The city is trying to trim a projected $8 million deficit.

News reports show cash-strapped cities across the nation are considering similar cuts or privatization of trash collection to save money.

Still, residents can't help but picture a stinky summer with bags of trash rotting in the sun or fear for an increase in illegal dumping on Flint's hundreds of vacant lots...

Click here to read the entire article

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Reduced trash pick-ups could mean rodent trouble for Flint MI.

 

Reduced Flint trash pick-up begins Monday; residents worry about onset of rodents

By Kristin Longley | Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan - His formal name is Rattus norvegicus, but here in Flint we know him intimately as the rat.

The greasy, gnawing rodent feeds at night, burrows beneath homes and garages and eats everything no matter how disgusting.

But its delicacy of choice? Fresh household trash.

The preferred diet of the rat - and other pesky vermin - has some residents worried that a city decision to collect trash every other week will cause an explosion of the local rodent population.

Rats are attracted to exposed garbage, which could become a serious health hazard if people store trash near their homes, said Genesee County Health Officer Mark Valacak.

Rats can carry several communicable diseases, can fit through an opening a half of an inch wide and are known to bite, he said.

"Just wait for the mice and things to come," said Flint resident Charlie Luster, 68. "People aren't going to want (trash) in their home, and they'll put it out on the side of the road."

Beginning Monday, residential trash pickup will be reduced to every other week, meaning household waste in most cases will be sitting around for an extra week before crews are able to collect it - and it will be up to residents to make sure it's properly stored.

Garbage needs to be kept in secure, covered containers - preferably ones strong enough to withstand tiny, sharp teeth, said Valacak.

Storing trash properly also will cut down on odors and deterioration of wet garbage, he said.

"I'm personally going to have to buy two more trash cans with secure lids," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said. "We're going to have to do some new things in new ways."

Walling said the trash cuts will save the city about $20,000 a week and more than $1 million in the first full year. The city is trying to trim a projected $8 million deficit.

News reports show cash-strapped cities across the nation are considering similar cuts or privatization of trash collection to save money.

Still, residents can't help but picture a stinky summer with bags of trash rotting in the sun or fear for an increase in illegal dumping on Flint's hundreds of vacant lots...

Click here to read the entire article

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