The challenges being faced by the country’s sole sanitary landfill are posing problems for the Solid Waste Management Corporation because the volume of waste being disposed off there is increasing every year.
The company must also deal with a decrease in revenue to run daily operations.
That’s according to its general manager Bristol Lawrence, whose observations come as the corporation is celebrating a week of activities beginning on Monday.
He said the increase in waste volumes is causing a major headache for operations at Solid Waste.
“In 2009, total waste collected was 17,109 tons, in 2010, 19,317 and in 2011, 20,434. This represents an average of 57 tons daily. This increase represents, no doubt, some new challenges. It increases the load to the sanitary laborers. It also represents a challenge to our trucks and equipment at our landfills. The harsh reality is at the same time we are confronted with these challenges, there is a greater challenge with the decrease in the mainstream revenue to run the daily operations of the organization,” he said.
He said the decrease has to do with the drop in environmental levy associated with the movement of the cruise industry.
He however said despite the challenges, there are many positive items to report.
“We have seen the increase in payment at the landfills. This means persons are taking responsibility and disposing of their waste properly. We have seen an increase in resident contributions in garbage collection fee. The community spirit across the island has been overwhelming, especially towards hazardous waste from the environment. We have seen the removal of about 600 derelict vehicles and over 10,600 used lead acid battery from the environment,” the solid waste boss said.
Meantime the Corporation has launched several activities throughout the week, which will end with a fun and sports day on Saturday.
Some of the activities include workshops, radio programs to focus on staff, a health fair at the Fond Cole Landfill, a fishing competition and a fun and sports day.
Several staff members were also awarded at Monday’s opening ceremony.
They include Abraham Remy, Celia Martin, Cornelius Roberts, Frampton Charles, Florent Mitchell, Halaire Jno Bapstitse, Ivinia Luke, Jefferson Bontiff, Oliver Antoine, David Paul, Ann Marie Jno Baptiste, Serge Lawrence, James Anselm, Shavon Blaize and Alvin Brumant.
The week of activities is being held under the theme “The sustainable way to solid waste management”.
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