Tourists from a cruise ship walk around garbage in Roseau recently

Several stakeholders have partnered to create public awareness of the illegal disposal of waste and the state of the environment in Roseau.

During a press conference by the stakeholders on Wednesday, Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph was particularly hard on restaurant owners in the city urging them to adhere to the environmental laws of the country.

According to Joseph, these food establishments have contributed tremendously to the stench in the city.

“I would like to send a serious signal to restaurant owners in the city … I would appreciate that they too come to the assistance of the Roseau City Council,” the mayor said.

Joseph said Roseau City Council workers flush the city three times a week but the stench persists. “The stench is because of the fact that  there is a lot of gray matter from the restaurant owners … Pearl’s, Guiyave, Orchards …  and also residential people  and I would appreciate that these restaurant owners create a grease trap … a grease trap doesn’t cost you more than $250 … that grease trap will be able to trap a lot of your debris and will assist us,” he noted.

Meanwhile Chief Environmental Health Officer, Anthony Scotland, said the environment in Roseau has deteriorated and systems must be put in place to address that. “It must be noted that the environment has completely deteriorated in Roseau and we think that as the Nature Island, the time has come for us to seriously put our act together to ensure we maintain a clean environment,” he said.

He called on the government to establish what he described as “a brigade of environment Health police” to monitor the environment in Roseau. “A system has to be put in place and people have to be held accountable for their actions,” he said.

Stakeholders involved in the awareness campaign include Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, The Environmental Health Department, Roseau City Council and the Discover Dominica Authority.