Facing waste associated with the influx of relief items to the country, the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) is trying to get a compactor and a plastic shredder commissioned to put the weight off the island’s landfill.
PRO of DSWMC, Jenno Jacob, said there has been an influx of cardboard boxes, cans, plastic and glass due to the amount of relief items coming into Dominica after Erika and this is placing a burden on the already “overwhelmed” landfill facility.
“The volumes of plastic and packaging that you are seeing, we are trying to get a compactor so we are to compact the cardboard and the cans to eventually ship these overseas,” he told DNO.
He informed that two compactors at the Fond Cole landfill were destroyed during a major fire at the facility in March this year.
Additionally, he said, the company is focusing on commissioning a plastic shredding machine which was donated to the country.
“We will soon be able to shred those plastic and we already have a market slated for that shredded plastic,” Jacob noted.
Meantime, Jacob appealed to Dominicans to manage their waste in a proper manner.
“We are saying to Dominicans, to our general population, to manage their waste properly,” he stated. “Manage in the sense that organic waste, as before, should return to the land because we knew that the land has been diminished by all that slides, and the washing away of the top soil. So we need to put back all that volume of organic waste to get our rich top soils back gain.”
He said such action will cause the landfill to last longer.
White goods and derelict vehicles, especially around the tourism sites, are expected to be removed possibly in time for the visit of the first cruise ship in October, according to Jacob.