12 Nov 2013

Tardy Port Moresby garbage collectors set to be terminated

10:07 am on 12 November 2013

There is anger on the streets of some suburbs in Port Moresby because garbage is not being collected and piles are mounting on the kerbs.

A senior police officer, chief superintendent Andrew Sterns, has formally complained, saying he had paid his annual fee of US$556 well in advance but the rubbish had not been collected for weeks.

Mr Sterns says the stench from the uncollected waste is becoming unbearable and is a hazard for the community.

Our correspondent, Todagia Kelola, agrees it is an ugly sight and the stench is terrible.

He says the problems are found in about half a dozen suburbs in the National Capital District and the city administration is blaming private contractors.

"Many of these contractors are not doing what they were signed to do and that is to pick up garbage on time and when we asked them [the NCD administration] they have just stated that those contractors that wouldn't carry out these jobs will be terminated."

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Todagia Kelola.