DAIC says importers double pay for waste disposal


The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) said local businesses are paying double for disposal of their solid waste at the landfill and wants government to address that.

Importers are required to pay an environmental tax but should not have to also pay a tipping fee to dispose waste, said Chief Executive Officer of DAIC Achille Joseph.

“When an importer imports stuff into this country, he pays 1.5 percent environmental levy on the value of the goods. That really has to do with the disposal of the packaging material. Yet still when he goes to his business place and he strips his products of the packaging material he goes to dump it at the solid waste, he still has to pay tipping fees, so he pays twice,” he underscored.

Joseph said: “We really want the government to look into that, with an intention to rectify the double payment.”

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  1. Watcher
    December 14, 2011

    KRAZY has been saying that for the longest while…. as usual…….. nobody taking him on…….Typical Dominica

  2. bigger picture
    December 14, 2011

    But Mr. Joseph a lot of the products that are being imported into the country are non-biodegradable, can be recycled but arent since we dont have the facilities in Dominica, and thus will then be disposed of at the landfill, taking up valuable landfill space. If you understand resource economics you will know that the imposition of the tax me be a sort of push for importers to now look for products that are more environmentally friendly and so doesn’t create so much waste at the end of the day. We have to look at the bigger picture…

  3. young voter
    December 14, 2011

    Mr Joseph can rest from sunset on friday to sunset on Saturday, and work on Sunday, but we the Sunday worshippers must not get our rest. It is Dominicans choice if they want to work on a Sunday or do business on a Sunday. Mr Joseph enjoys the Sunday opening because he worshipped the Saturday, so to bad for the rest of us who worship on a Sunday. Tell Mr Joseph come better than that. surprise he did not ask for a whole day on Saturday.

    • Hot Shot
      February 22, 2012

      Boss, you are just one more thingamabob on the block. Isn’t Saturday a working day in Dominica? So why shouldn’t Sunday be? If Achille goes to church on Saturday, which is a working day, then why can’t you go to church on Sunday if it becomes a working day?

  4. SAD
    December 14, 2011

    Achille u know Solid Water is providing a service….tsk, tsk tsk…u of all ppl sld know better, but then again u r the same one that is tryin to turn DA into a Godless country with ur puch for sundays to be declared a non-holiday…then again am not surprised…but workers and their unions should take heed and fight this tooth and nail and will be out there to support…is that how u want Dominca to Compete! u must definitely rethink that strategy…

  5. Dreamer
    December 14, 2011

    These comments are right. The cost is passed on to the consumer. What is surprising in these comments is that none expect the selling price to lower if importer/merchant only pays once ! When people complain about high prices, and they are right, they must understand where does the selling price come from.If landed cost is cheaper, selling prices will be too. Or at least, they should be !!!

  6. Irie
    December 14, 2011

    Yes-I, DAIC worried about double payment? Well I tell you we in Dominica fini bat under those greedy merchants….consumers double, triple and quadruple paying and nobody looking into that! What de government must look into is price control.

  7. LOL
    December 14, 2011

    The customer pays twice because the Importer passes it on to us…get yr facts right!!!!!

  8. consumer
    December 14, 2011

    Mr Joseph, doesn’t the importter pass that on to the consumer? I dare say yes, so he has nothing to complain about..

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