The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) unveiled a new logo and mascot, as symbols of its new image for 2011 and beyond.
At a press conference held Thursday May 12, 2011 at its office in Goodwill, the first prize winner of the logo competition Miss Nari T. Royer, received an Acer, laptop sponsored by CIS Ltd.
Acting General Manager of the DSWMC Mr. Bristol Lawrence says: “The new logo depicts the future of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation with an image of a green Island encompassed with the words Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Composting.
“The logo creates the mental image of exactly what we aim to achieve as a Corporation. On this note we would like to congratulate Miss Royer for a job well done. This demonstrates once more the effectiveness and importance of having the collaborative efforts of the Corporation and the community. “
The Mahaut Primary School which emerged winner of the Sensay Se Pa Zordiz DSWMC Carnival 2011, opening parade competition, performed a startling skit on the separation of garbage in a home setting. The School received a prize voucher valued at $1,200 from J Astaphans and Co. The Sensay Mascot will be used to change mind sets in schools across Dominica, during the Corporation’s education programmes.
“Your support and continued involvement in the affairs of the Corporation holds a direct relation to the success of our operation.” Mr. Lawrence stated in his address. “For this reason very soon we will be rewarding some of our outstanding customers and communities with high quality household garbage bins, as part of a greater plan to see every household posses a garbage bin which in turn would reduce most of the public health risk related to garbage disposal.
“To keep the dazzling green that we showcase in our logo and to preserve our environmental integrity, the Corporation must take the leading role in the collection of the waste most harmful to our environment and people. This includes used lead acid batteries, used oil (cooking and engine oil) tires and metallic waste. Used lead acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste, it cause cancer, birth defects, and present an eminent threat to both human and the environmental life.”
As of Monday May 16th, 2011 the Corporation will offer $5.00 for each used lead acid battery brought to the Landfill. In addition the Corporation will waive all tipping charges on the disposal of used oil, tires and metallic waste. The charge of $5.00 a gallon will be waived on used oils. All garages, hotel and restaurants are encouraged to separate and store their used oil for collection, by the Corporation.
The Corporation very soon will be carrying out a coordinated collection of derelict and metallic waste from the communities which support the beautification program carried by government. Work with the village councils to cleaning up all old, broken down equipment and derelict vehicles from communities will continue. The Corporation can now be found on Facebook and its website: www.dswmc.com.
“Our environmental, Our responsibility, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The logo says it all.” he said.