This four-man crew of Quality Sweepers worked in rain and sunshine to execute their tasks as expected by the SCDF. Photo contributed
GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Thursday said it is “more than happy” with the work carried out by its new cleaning and garbage collection firm, “and judging from the response of the public and government, we are not alone.”
After several years of working with one particular firm, the foundation went a different route in 2016 by contracting Quality Sweepers & Maintenance under the directorship of Bertaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming and staffed only be local young men. Their specific tasks were the cleaning of routes along which Carnival events pass, the cleaning of public places where the SCDF hosts events and the cleaning and garbage removal of Carnival Village for the entire Carnival season.
“It goes without saying that we are extremely pleased, more than happy, with the work of Bertaux and his crew,” SCDF-Director Mike Granger said. “We took a chance in giving a St. Maarten entrepreneur a chance during St. Maarten’s premier event. Bertaux understood that this was not going to be an easy task and that Carnival would be a real baptism by fire for his new company. They went out and performed exceptionally.”
He further explained that Fleming and his crew didn’t just show up to clean and collect garbage, but studied the entire operation of the Village and road events to determine better ways to execute the tasks at hand. Fleming also educated booth holders on how to dispose of certain types of garbage by distributing information pamphlets and personally checking in with booth holders about keeping their area clean.