DSWMC explores new ways for managing post-Erika waste

Section of the Fond Cole landfill. File photo
Section of the Fond Cole landfill. File photo

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.

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  1. love
    September 24, 2015


    September 24, 2015

    wait.. the waste management company does not have a compactor? They need new ideas or people managing that or in the least get someone to consult with them on how to do it right.

  3. ??????.....
    September 24, 2015

    Grell and not surprised try taking a leaf from Mr Mc Lawrence comments. Perhaps you need to go to School to learn to make positive comments and bring out your points with suggestions of what is not done properly . It is not what you say , it is how you say it. You could say some ting like the soil should not be thrown at the shoreline and recommend ways and means to use the soil.

  4. Awesome Foursome
    September 23, 2015

    I just find Dominicans are too ignorant about solid waste. I don’t understand why we cannot have a recycling plant that recycles plastic, glass bottles, cardboard so long. What is the big scene about separating our garbage properly so that the company can dispose of it?? Chah man!

    A visitor said to me not too long ago, “It’s like the mind-set of Dominicans collectively stuck at 4 years old”.

    I want Dominica to grow up, to mature as a nation. But we’re holding back ourselves through our ignorance. “Wearing our ignorance like a Badge of Honour” is putting it mildly.

    And I don’t think he was exaggerating.

    • forreal
      September 23, 2015

      i respect what u are trying to say,but to speak the truth,these equipements u talking about cost a lot of money,and to be quite frank,not even the virgin islands,which is US have them types of equipements

    • Dasheen leaf
      September 24, 2015

      Why don’t you come at start it? Everybody waiting on the next man to do it. Typical Dominican.

  5. William Mc Lawrence
    September 23, 2015

    To help alleviate the pressures on the Fond Cole Landfill the following are some suggestions that could be considered:
    1. Establish transfer stations within major communities where garbage sorting could be done before it is transferred to the Landfill
    2. Set compost sites in all communities where food wastes, grass, trees, shrubs etc could be used to create natural fertilizers that could be used in farming
    3. Work with Local Government Councils around the island to help with regular daily collection of household refuse and monthly collection of white goods etc
    4. Enforce the litter Act by employing more Litter Wardens
    5. Increase awareness and importance of keeping the environment clean
    6. Encourage home owners and businesses to continue to pay their garbage collection fees in order for the DSWMC to use these funds towards implementing their programmes and activities…
    Let’s continue to support the DSWMC in its effort to keep Dominica litter free and beautiful :wink: :wink:…

    • ??????.....
      September 24, 2015

      Positive vibes and comments from Mr Mc Lawrence. People that is how we should comment. Give positive suggestion not the dirty and hatred spewing by some persons whose job is to criticize and talk against evrything. On the computers daily spewing hatred and negative comments.

  6. Naturalistic
    September 23, 2015

    I hope you will also discuss our rights to smoke marijuana freely!

    • The Real Facts
      September 23, 2015

      Any sort of smoking is bad for the health including second hand smoke. Some people who never smoked but associated with those who smoke as also husband/wife, co-workers, etc., developed lung cancer which has been their demise. Therefore, please do not propagate marijuana smoking.

  7. not surprised
    September 23, 2015

    Try not throwing it in the sea like those idiot truck drivers who throwing all the dirt along the coast line feet away from the seashore or back into the rivers. when you cannot get sufficient fish or your dive sites are crap you will wonder why.

  8. grell
    September 23, 2015

    Jacob common sense,all the influx of recyable materiai,Have you ever though of all the millions the counry can benefit from this.Most of our bridges are gone and the monies would go directly to that,thats just to show how incompetent this whole corrupt administration is.SMH!

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