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Jamaica: Rats and rubbish hell: Mandeville residents decry poor garbage collection

Overflowing garbage skips, intolerable stench and rodents have made the lives of some Mandeville residents living in the Avondale Heights community unbearable.

The residents say they are forced to find alternative means of disposing their garbage when collections are not made within a four-week period.

According to one resident who requested anonymity, her garbage has not been collected for the last seven weeks, inconveniencing her family and threatening the health of residents.

“It has been more than five weeks; I would say it’s about seven weeks, since they have collected. I hear they came Tuesday, but I had already disposed of my garbage. They take weeks before they come ever-so-often and by the time they come, the rats damage the bags and what falls out of the bag is not picked up by the garbage collectors,” said the concerned resident.

She continued: “It is really bad, it is so bad, garbage is just packed up everywhere and the thing is when they come after five or seven weeks, there is no timeline and no guarantee for when they will be back. It is just hope you have that they will return.”

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