THE ineffectiveness of the City of Harare’s refuse collection blitz was on display again on Monday when several Greendale residents reported that their garbage was not collected.
According to the residents, most of them did not have their garbage collected either because the refuse collection truck came speeding past their streets leaving their garbage or they did not get to see the trucks at all.
A resident form Fallon Avenue alerted fellow Greendale residents on Monday that the refuse collection truck was in the area but most residents missed the waste collectors.
“Bin (refuse) collection. Moving along Fallon right now,” the resident posted on the Greendale residents’ group.
Fellow residents said the refuse truck was speeding and the driver showed no intention of slowing down despite whistling and waving to draw his attention.
“Refuse truck just came sailing past I and others whistled and did not even slow down,” said a resident.
Residents bemoaned the fact the so-called refuse blitz was not serving its purpose while council was also wasting time and fuel.
“Refuse truck just also sailed past, most (residents) did not even know they had come. After all it’s all about time and chance like most things. No time table warnings are given even if given never kept. Petrol or diesel and precious time always wasted. No one really cares as long as they get paid. We are living in such times!” observed a resident.
Some residents said it had been five weeks since they last had their garbage collected.
“Dulwich Court. No collection five weeks now. I was assured that it would be collected today, been in contact with person in charge this morning. Now not answering phone,” said a resident from Dulwich Court.
One lucky resident then provided the phone number of the refuse truck driver saying: “Our refuse just collected. Had spoken to him on the phone so we had a lot of our bags outside before they arrived thank goodness.”