By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
The Government of Taiwanese donated three compactor garbage trucks to the Belize City Council on Wednesday afternoon and Mayor Darrell Bradley has said CitCo will soon be ready to assume the City’s sanitation role.
Bradley said the donation of the three trucks would allow CitCo to provide a very effective service when Belize Maintenance Limited’s contract expires in January 2015.
Bradley indicated this is part of the preparation for that transition and said he was extremely grateful for the partnership between Belize and Taiwan.
According to Bradley the cost of the three trucks is more than $200,000.
Bradley said each truck had been retrofitted, tested and upgraded before they left Taiwan. Bradley said the trucks would go into use as early as next week.
Bradley also said CitCo is expecting a donation of two street sweepers from the Los Angeles City Council.
Bradley indicated that the Prime Minister would also be aiding with funds to increase CitCo’s sanitation fleet and help with the cost of equipment.
Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho said the donation was a result of Bradley and Councillor Eric Chang reaching out and dialoguing with the Taiwanese government.
According to Ho, the Taiwanese embraced the idea and even paid the shipping cost for the trucks to reach Belize.
Special thanks should be given to Chang, who was very instrumental in the acquisition of the garbage trucks, Ho said.
He added that the Taiwanese government was very proud to be part and parcel to CitCo’s sanitation upgrade.
Ho said he looked forward to the continued partnership between Belize and Taiwan.