Dominica Solid Waste Department to up the ante

Solid Waste Corp. workers on duty * Photo credit: dswmc.com

The Dominica Waste Management Corporation says it will soon introduce a more effective billing to householders and businesses in Dominica for the collection and disposal of garbage.

Public Relations Officer of the Corporation Jeno Jacob said the contribution made by customers is crucial if it is to maintain its mandate of keeping the island clean and protecting citizens from health risks associated with the improper disposal of solid waste.

He said the recent outbreak of dengue and leptospirosis has demonstrated the urgency in ensuring sound environmental practices as great priority.

“Solid Waste Management is an essential service and the Corporation appreciates the public’s support to sustain a top of the line collection and disposal system. The Corporation is in the process of ordering a number of garbage bins which will be given to each household and business place which pays for its waste disposal,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Corporation has begun an Express Delivery Service to collect waste from businesses in Roseau on a daily basis.

Jacob is encouraging businesses to get on board the programme.

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13 Comments

  1. My eyez on u!!!
    January 26, 2011

    You guys really need to get your facts st8 talking bout DSWMC budget, what you know about dat???? I have been doing my reserach and i know all the guys have health insurance and life insurance which is paid for by the Corproation, protective clothing uniforms and all,,, so u should ask the guys y they don’t wear it instead of talking bout what alu dunno……. u need to ask your government what they taking the funds belonging to DSWMC to do and then that willl solve the enquiry in your minds.

    I guess BVI collecting ever so often and there still stink. i wonder y????!!!!!!

  2. Big-Bannan
    January 25, 2011

    I have waited for this for many years. My people remember country people do NOT use or even SEE a garbage truck. Why should their taxes pay to dispose of the big businessmen and people who live in town?
    Several people in the country still walk for miles to pick up their pick up their mail. Why should country people’s taxes pay the Post Office employees who deliver mail to people’s home in Roseau when they have to walk to pick up their own. Why are Country People facing tax hikes for Water and Sewerage when 90% of the population are not hooked up to a Sewarge system. That is why we allow “town people” to make us feel foolish, because we pay to support their town lifestyle. Dominicans let us open our eyes.

  3. M
    January 25, 2011

    they’ll use the money to line their pockets…. those guys need a good wage, good benefits and gear as per the last commenter.

  4. Q
    January 25, 2011

    The environmental Surcharge is not name solid waste surcharge solid waste get part of that money with it use in its operation but if the corporation have to take the extra steps to provide us with bins i think they need to have some way to raise the funds. After all Dominica is not that dirty compaired to the BV

  5. Jay
    January 25, 2011

    Please use the money to ensure that the gabbage men are properly dressed. Get them safety gear, masks and gloves and boots and overalls, and most importantly health insurance, and madatory checkups.

  6. A . Chris Joseph
    January 25, 2011

    There are two issues I wish to comment on.

    The first is that the monies collected at Ports of Entry in Dominica via the 1.5% environment levy can more than meet the budget demands of the DSWMC. The levy was introduced to meet the expenses associated with the new landfill and waste management in general. The levy was first applied to products which compromised the environment i.e. they did not decompose. The success of the levy convinced the Powers to have it applied to all imports. So, at present, the levy is also applied to chicken imports, although humans eat the chicken, dogs eat the bones and the packaging material is photo and/or bio degradable. In the last fiscal year, the levy brought in some XCD4M in excess of the DSWMC’s budget. The current under-financing of the Corporation can be perfectly correlated with the overall miserable management of waste in Dominica.

    Secondly, it is unreasonable for the importers who paid the levy at the Ports to again be charged Tipping Fees when they dump the packaging material at the landfill. This cost is passed on to consumers who must bare this charge solely because of bad planning and administration.

    Finally, who is responsible for liquid waste in our Country? I know that DOWASCO handles sewerage, but liquid effluent is handled by ???????

    • levy-payer
      January 25, 2011

      ure thinking… u’ve got it all figured out

  7. The Analysts
    January 25, 2011

    In Dominica have to pay for everything, I don’t have a problem is paying, what am saying is that our salaries are very low. Government minister salaries increase by 150%, plus all the other benefits that they are entitle to. We the work forces of this country can’t even get a 5% increase.
    Now we have to pay for the disposal of garbage, plus all the other utilities for the month. My question is, what are our tax dollars are going into, is to the red clinic etc. The disposal of garbage is a basic service with should be provide by the government at not charges to the population.
    This has brought about several problems:
    1: Garbage is being deposited on the site of the roads, in our rivers on people property, even dogs carrying other people rubbish in people yard.

  8. lord
    January 25, 2011

    please do somehting about the dogs that roam the streets scxattering the garbage all over the placebreaking garbbage bags in search of food and scattering the garbbage all over the place

    • baby girl
      January 26, 2011

      THAT IS TRUE TO THE PPL IN CHARGE WAS ABOUT SHELTER WHERE WE COULD PUT THEM FEED AND TAKE CARE LATER PPLS CAN ADAPOT THEM WHAT U THINK

  9. stop the bleeding
    January 25, 2011

    there is an eviromental levy paid at customs for all good antering into dominica and a enviromental surcharge for motor vehicles less than 5 years ok mr jeno jacob….so tell the government to give you that money and we will be good…and by the way its 1.5 percent for goods and 3000 dollars for vehicles….do your home work

  10. Well Well
    January 25, 2011

    Solid Waste need to up their game …

    In the BVI, garbage collection is contracted out to private citizens. Those citizens purhcase their own garbage trucks and care for them like as if they were a fleet of Rolls Royce. No smelly trucks passing through Roseau at any time of day! And the young men are the ones assisting .. as a Side Job. Garbage is collected every evening to morning with no exception. There are a number of trucks per district and the system is working well. There still exists the green ‘Skips” for dumping of garbage unlike Dominica and the BVI is a prime tourist destination.

    Why can’t we do the same?

  11. ..........
    January 25, 2011

    Excuse me if i am wrong but isnt the Environmental Surcharge paid at the Customs for the disposal of the product??? Please enlighten me if i am wrong

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