The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation is looking to reduce the amount of plastics that go to the landfill.
Acting Manager of the Corporation, Florian Mitchel, says with the commissioning of a recycling plant, reducing plastic waste and other material would be more efficient and effective in Dominica.
He said, “At at our facility, we have a PET [plastic] shredder so we are asking the public to participate. Even if there is no recycling system in your community, you can sort your waste and separate your plastic before taking it to the landfill. After the plant is commissioned, we want to shred this material and export it.”
In 2013, some 299 million tonnes of plastic was produced worldwide and a large percentage of that ends up in landfills and oceans each year.
According to the United Nations Development Program, 22-48% of plastics is disposed of in landfills taking up valuable space.
The average plastic can take up to 450 years to decompose.