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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 07:47 PM EDT

AAUD Director Recognized Shortage Of Garbage Truck Drivers

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Director of the Authority of Urban and Household Cleanliness (AAUD), Enrique Fernández Ho, denied there is a crisis with garbage collection in the city of Panama. But he acknowledged there is a deficit of some 50 drivers to operate the rolling stock of the institution. He also said heavy traffic in Panama City can slow the frequently of garbage collection service, primarily in communities in the Eastern part of the province of Panama. Ho Fernandez said it can take from three to five hours to get from the area of Eastern Panama to the landfill at Cerro Patacón, where they finally deposit the trash.

He suggested that to address this problem they are planning the installation of a storage facility or a temporary transfer point to deposit the garbage that has been collected in the Eastern sector. He said this storage facility could be located in the Las Garzas, however, studies are expected from the National Environmental Authority (ANAM). The Director of the AAUD said they are in the process of hiring more drivers. The drivers have better job offers in the area of construction and the project to expand the Panama Canal.

He insisted there is no crisis in garbage collection as the councilors have suggested in the capital district, who have asked the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, to fire Ho Fernandez. The councilors argue that the institution has a bigger budget and equipment, but that the collection service is poor. Meanwhile, the residents of Las Garzas, Camino de Omar and other communities in the East say they are buried in garbage, because it has not been collected in more than 15 days. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Wow. These problems are just way, way too complicated to overcome easily. Hey, Knucklehead! Pay the damn drivers more, and you will be able to hire them. Collect and move the garbage in the Eastern sector at 3:00 am, and you can get there in fifteen minutes, not three hours. If a garbage truck crew is on the road for three hours to get from point A to point B, is than an efficient use of their time? Of course not. Considering the complexities of these vexing issues, I doubt they will ever be resolved. (Yeesh.)

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