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Solid Waste

Walter Narine

Solid Waste Manager

The Solid Waste Management department is responsible for:

  • Collection of household garbage & street cleaning
  • Safe disposal of collected garbage
  • Be the custodian of all statutory records required to be maintained by the Mayor & City Council

Solid Waste Department

  • Removal of garbage and debris
  • Maintaining a clean City

For a Greener and Cleaner City


  • The department responsibilities include providing solid waste services to the citizens of Georgetown.
  • Our responsibility for garbage removal consists of household, commercial and parapet collections from Cummings Lodge to Agricola.
  • We are also responsible for collecting, storing and removal of waste from our Municipal Markets, Day care centers, Abattoir and other Municipal and public buildings.
  • Provision of street cleaning services throughout the commercial districts.
  • Daily management of illegal dumpsites in Georgetown (hot spots). consulting with residents, community groups, NGO’s, housing associations and traders’ associations about waste management issues, identifying their requirements and providing appropriate solutions


Georgetown was bounded to the east by Vlissengen road, the south by Independence Arch, to the west by Water street and to the north by Carifesta avenue. (pop. 90,000).

In the mid of 1970 the boundaries of Georgetown were extended to the east from Vlissengen road to Crown Dam; Cummings lodge and to the South from Independence Arch to Flour Mill road; Agricola. (pop. 220,000) ‘Georgetown then and now’

Georgetown Municipality

Georgetown, estimated population 191,810 with an average household size of 3.4 (2012 Guyana Census), is the capital and largest city of Guyana, located in the Demerara-Mahaica Region.

Waste Generated…

According to a study done in 2010 by Hydroplan, waste generation in Georgetown is approximated to 0.71kg/person/day.
Simply saying that each resident of Georgetown produces approximately 1.6 pounds of garbage daily.

Georgetown both households and businesses produces approximately 220 tons of garbage daily. Composition of Most Solid Waste (MSW) in Georgetown’

How Do We manage to collect this waste?

From 1990 the M&CC was operating:

6 Mercedes Benz compactors garbage trucks,
2 Isuzu open back trucks, 1 KIA tractor and trailer, 3 KIA open back trucks, 4 KIA Compactors garbage trucks and 6 German tractors with trailers.

Most of these vehicles were gifts from the respective donor countries, Korea and Germany. Between 1994 and 1998 there were further donations from the British Government of Dennis Compactors (6) and one Massey Ferguson Tractor.

How Do We manage to collect this waste?

With the gradual deterioration of the vehicles, abetted by indifferent maintenance the M&CC found it increasingly
necessary to outsource the collection and transportation services from the early 1900’s. To date 95 % of the services is provided by private contractors. The Solid Waste Management Department only has one Functional Compactor Garbage truck.


Presently we are collecting approximately 220 Tons of garbage daily and it is costing our Municipality approximately $1,000,000. a day for this collection services. Presently the solid waste management department brings in NO revenue to the council’s coffers and this Ladies and Gentlemen with your help must change in 2019 and beyond….

How do we change $0 to $MMMMMM

  1. Approach Central Government…

In accordance of section 7A of the Customs Act Chapter 82:01, Environmental Levy at the rate of ten dollars ($0.10) is raised levied and collected on every unit of non-returnable metal, plastic or glass of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage imported into Guyana or manufactured locally.

Lobby Central Government to give the municipality four dollars ($0.04) for every ten dollars they collects from Environmental Levy, because the municipality is inadvertently burden with removal of these items from the city.

Ps.. According to GRA Website the Government of Guyana collected 1.2 billion dollars from Feb 1st to Dec 31 2017.

2. Households contribute to Garbage collection bill…

Our current rating system is antiquated and in as much as Government has started a country wide re-evaluation exercise there is no guarantee that Georgetown will benefit from such in the near future, thus citizens should contribute $200 per household for garbage removal.

Approximate revenue generation from this exercise will see us collecting approximately $520,000,000 per year.

3. Commercial Businesses Disposal Fees…

The commercial businesses generates twice as much waste as households in Georgetown thus resulting in the main commercial zone of the city receiving twice daily clearances. Businesses should be categorized in three; small, medium and large and pay a monthly garbage removal fee of $12,000, $8,000 and $5,000 respectively.

It is estimated that the council will garner approximately $80,000,000 a year from this exercise.

4. Licensing of Waste haulers…

According to the Municipal and District Council Act chapter 28:01 the council is authorized to license waste haulers operating in the city.

It is estimated that the council will garner approximately $30,000,000 a year from this exercise.

5. Bulky waste removal fee…

Bulky waste removal was available to all citizens in Georgetown free of cost, this cost was absorbed by our Municipality. With the department being equipped with its own skip bin hauler this service will now be at a minimal cost of $5000 for the rental of these bins.

It is estimated that the council will garner approximately $40,000,000 a year from this exercise.

6. Municipal Compost-sale of compost material…

Georgetown generates approximately 50% of organic material daily and this valuable material is taken to landfill daily. The solid waste department if equipped with the requisite equipment could convert the organic waste to organic fertilizer that will be sold to our farmers and more importantly reducing the volume of waste reaching landfill.

It is estimated that the council will garner approximately $30,000,000 a year from this exercise.

7. Production and sale of biodegradable plastic bags…

With the advent of a proposed ban on single use plastic bags be Government of Guyana there will be a viable market created for alternative for such items thus Biodegradable plastic bags will be most welcome.

The department has demonstrated that such plastic can be produced from starch obtain from cassava and if equipped with an extruder these plastics can produce plastic bags that can be sold locally.

It is estimated that the council will garner approximately $10,000,000  first year of production…

How do we cut back expense??

The department is equipped with 4 compactor garbage trucks however, only one is operational at present.
Should these trucks be repaired timely the municipality will be poised to take back 60% of the garbage collection from private contractors.

We are also expecting one more compactor garbage that was procured by central Government to arrive during this year.

It is our collective dream that within the next 3 years the department will be fully equipped to effectively manage collection of waste in Georgetown.

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