Turks and Caicos, March 14, 2017 – Grand Turk – A Grand Turk resident says the company hired to manage the dump is doing a terrible job and he believes it is causing the mosquito problem which led to the recent outbreak of Dengue Fever at HJ Robinson High School.
In a photo sent to Magnetic Media, we can see a high mound of tires stacked at the Grand Turk dump, dry dusty grounds and a few stray dogs milling about – none of this should be happening according to the contract arranged between TCIG and Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM.
Since 2012, TCEM was given the exclusive waste management contract for the dumps in Provo and Grand Turk; the country pays $1.5 million per year for them to do this and still a recent photo of Grand Turk and a recent visit to the Providenciales site revealed several breaches.
There is no tire shredder, no security guard, dry grounds so there is dust flying when TCEM is mandated to keep the area water soaked and no perimeter fencing to keep animals out of the dumps. Magnetic Media stopped by the Provo office of TCEM to get comment, days later there is still no explanation from the company on why it has faltered on its agreement. A media report late last year exposed these vexing issues and TCEM had vowed to fix the problems; months later though there is no change.
The resident of Grand Turk called upon the new PDM Administration to bring about the ‘change’ it promised and asks Government to force Turks and Caicos Environmental Management to live up to its agreement in full; that agreement is for five years.
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