Local councils and the waste company are embroiled in an ongoing dispute kicked off by a fee hike. A dispute between a municipality in the Dominican Republic and its waste management company has become so bad that a state of emergency was declared on Tuesday as garbage continues to pile up.
Santos Junior, the Mayor of Los Alcarrizos in the country’s capital city of Santo Domingo, declared the state of emergency because of rapidly accumulating garbage in the area leading to a health hazard. The measure was unanimously backed by members of the municipal council who have asked for the help of the country’s Ministry of Health to prevent the possible outbreak of disease. The dispute stems from an ongoing disagreement from municipalities and the Lajun Corporation. Lajun, which managed the city’s landfill for garbage was seen to “dramatically” increase the fees to use the landfill, which then led to a boycott of the company from a number of municipalities.