Keep New Amsterdam clean!
― town held massive clean-up campaign
― “We will lead by example” – Deputy Mayor McIntosh
― exercise received full support of members, staff and councillors of the municipality, along with some residents of New Amsterdam
― canals should remain clear to prevent flooding within the town, residents urged to be more involved in cleaning their surroundings
DPI, Guyana, Friday, April 19, 2019
The Town of New Amsterdam recently had a major facelift and transformation.
To release the town of its litter and solid wastes, the Mayor and Town Council (M&TC) joined forces with the Berbice Chambers of Commerce and Cevons Waste Management, to host a massive clean-up campaign.
The exercise received the full support of staff and councillors of the municipality, along with some residents of New Amsterdam.
Among the team members were Mayor of New Amsterdam, Winifred Heywood, Deputy Mayor Wainwright McIntosh, Town Clerk Sharon Alexander and newly elected President of the Berbice Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Errol Azar.
The collaborative effort was intended to enhance the town and more so, to promote teamwork and encourage residents to keep a tidy community.
During an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Deputy Mayor, Wainwright McIntosh explained: “What we are doing is basically mirroring what the council and by extension the Government of Guyana (GoG) wants for our town. A clean, healthy and green environment. Since we are the oldest town, we are going to try our best to lead by example.”
The council has established fines which persons will have to pay once they are found dumping their waste indescribably. In this regard, Town Clerk, Sharon Alexander is urging residents to assist the council in identifying individuals who are caught littering.
Apart from the cleanup exercise, the municipality has already cleared several major trenches, ahead of the May-June rains. Alexander warns that the canals should remain clear to prevent flooding within the town and urged residents to be more involved in cleaning their surroundings, keeping New Amsterdam clean.
The effort by the New Amsterdam Town Council is in keeping with the UN Sustain Development Goal (SDG) 6 which calls for clean water and sanitation for all citizens.
Story and Images: Kellon Rover.