Acting General Manager of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC), Florian Mitchel, has said that there will be a few changes in terms of garbage collection this year.
He told DNO that the changes will assist the Corporation in facilitating its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (3R) Initiative.
The 3R Initiative, launched by the DSWMC recently, sees recyclable material collected separately from regular garbage.
Mitchel said the communities of Canefield, Wallhouse and Loubiere will see a change in their garbage collection soon.
“Most of our communities we have a twice weekly collection and within the next quarter we are planning on making some changes in Canefield, Wallhouse and Loubiere zone to have once weekly collections and we would have a specific day for recycling,” he explained. “So that is one of the things we want to push forward in this first quarter.”
Mitchel also mentioned that the DSWMC is working on a United Nations Environmental Project (UNEP) that will focus on improving waste management at local hotels.
“We are trying to set up a waste management system specifically designed for the waste industry with recycling at the forefront,” he stated.
According to him the project is still in developmental phase but it should begin in the first few months in 2015.
Meantime, he is calling on manufacturers of plastics and other recyclable materials to be more mindful of their role in terms of collecting and disposing of these items.