Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has accused private garbage collectors of failing to provide the service that is required.
Francis made the accusation while making it clear that the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) is not responsible for garbage collection.
He urged the private concerns that have been given contracts to collect garbage to live up to their obligations.
“This does not mean that we at the Castries Constituencies Council will not provide supplementary support if it is really needed,” the Mayor told reporters.
He declared that the CCC wants a clean City and environment.
According to Francis, it is on record that the CCC has assisted several communities in garbage collection.
He expressed the hope that the private concerns and the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority keep to garbage collection schedules on garbage collection days.
“You had a situation where CCC was doing a fantastic job with garbage collection, but you had some bright boys who decided they they would put it into private hands and the private hands have worsened the situation,” the Mayor stated.
He disclosed that the CCC is now making a plea to cabinet to take over garbage collection in Castries North, Castries East, Castries South and Castries Central.
“We have the capacity,” Francis declared.