Public asked to play their part in keeping city clean

Bristol Lawrence (left) Sylvester St. Ville (right).

(DNO) Senior Environmental Health Officer Sylvester St. Ville has called on persons visiting and residing in town to play their role in keeping the city clean.

St Ville, who spoke at a press conference at the Dominica Festivals Commission conference room on Wednesday, said that an accumulation of garbage in the city has many effects, including flooding, as seen earlier this week.

“We need to ensure that the city remains clean and we at Environmental Health are calling upon individuals out there, people who visit the city, people who reside in the city, to ensure that you do not create conditions that will allow the city to get dirty,” St.Ville said.

“For example if you are passing at the side of the street, you have a peeling from a ripe banana, don’t just dispose of the peeling of the ripe banana. We saw what happened earlier this week when we got some heavy rains and all of a sudden the city started flooding. That was because some of the drains are clogged with garbage and refuse and cups and paper and styrofoam and the water could not flow properly so the streets of the city started flooding,” he said.

He urged persons not to dispose of their garbage at the side of the streets.

“We really want people to stop the disposal of their refuse and their litter on the side of the streets. Carry your litter with you, take it  home…. if you do not have an appropriate place to dispose of  the garbage and ensure that in keeping with this month which is Tourism Awareness Month that we do not litter the city,” St Ville said.

Sylvester said that keeping the city clean is also important to the tourism industry.

Also speaking at the ceremony was Acting General Manager of the Dominica Solid Waste Management (DSWMC) Corporation Bristol Lawrence who said that the DSWMC cannot solve the problem of garbage on its own.

“We also want to make it very clear to the public that solid waste on its own cannot solve the problem of litter. It takes a concerted effort of everybody and we would like the community to support solid waste because we are working with for the community and we would like the community to work with us,” Lawrence said.

There will be clean up campaigns in and around the city for the upcoming days, according to officials. They are however urging the public to participate.

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  1. Consern Observer
    May 27, 2010

    Dominica Solid Waste is trying there best in our country.
    Mr Jeno jacob deserve an award, he put all his all into his job. What a good P.R.O, one could admit.

    In our country we never recognise our hero until……….

    Caring on Mr Jacob, your reward is in heaven!

  2. jen
    May 26, 2010

    I commend the Government and people of Dominica it was about time.

  3. May 25, 2010

    The single most important investment the government of Dominica can make to increase visitors is in cleanliness. Some are making excuses by comparison; that is useless because “Nature Isle” is beginning to stand for filth and dereliction. Just clean the streets and roads, even for Christ’s sake!

  4. Domincan
    May 24, 2010

    Yes inded this is a good gesture. I visited Dominica on cruise ship recently
    I was disappointed to see how dirty the town of Roseau was They need
    to have more gabbage bins alongside the road. That day there were two cruise
    ships. I was embarrased because few of my friends travelled with me
    and to make it worse some of the tourist talked about the appearance of the island
    I did enjoy my stay , but regardless that some other islands were just as dirty or even dirtier
    but as a Dominican who cares and love my country i do indeed feel the Gov’t should facilitate this effort
    alomg with the people to keep our country clean , not only for the tourist but for everyone who lives there…It is my country and my home and i hope we all help to keep it clean and beautiful
    It is indeed a BEAUTIFUL country

  5. annie
    May 24, 2010

    What ever happened to the garbage bins that were purchased by PM Skerrit? Were they reclaimed. Garbage is not only strewn all over Roseau but it’s all over the country. I think a whole month of June or July should be declared as “CLEAN UP MONTH” for the whole country, not only Roseau. I have been complaining about the streets in Portsmouth for several years but to date nothing has been done. The people in different villages and towns should form small committees to clean their town or village. People should take pride in where they live and also in their surroundings. Remember cleanliness is next to Godliness.

  6. May 22, 2010

    Some trash bins around Roseau would be a great help…just sayin.

  7. Nadege` Bellegarde
    May 21, 2010

    Do like St.Lucia employed litter wadens (Polis Zordy).
    Personally I don’t know what’s going on,when you think things are getting better is worse.I keep wondering is something wrong with DA?

    I heard the mayor on DBS one evening saying “he is not the one responsible for the cleaning of the city”,got upset and told the guy that called “go find out ,who is responsible”.

    Somebody need to educate us,because the so call city is a shity.I refuse to go there if it’s not absolutely necessary.

  8. Be consistent
    May 21, 2010

    Environmental Health Officer St. Ville on radio told Dominicans that the building of the asphalt plant close to Layou and the Layou River will not be an environmental hazard. What nonsense from the Officer and a senior one at that. St. Ville reminds us that keeping the city clean is good for the tourism industry, but fails to tell us of the negative impact of the pollution from the asphalt plant on the health of the villagers of Layou. Layou villagers have embarked on eco-tourism projects, therefore pollution from the plant cannot be in their interest. Why not be consistent? But if one understands what is taking place in this country, as far as victimization is concerned, the Public servant not wanting to lose his job, will be enticed to support GOVT’s decision, even though he or she thinks otherwise. Is so we come? Yes, is so we come.

  9. Hmm
    May 21, 2010

    I think you guys need to meet us halfway here. I think the government should fund a project to implement stationary bins on the side if the road. I think there are a few on the bay front if I can recall. Cuz let’s face it, it’s much easier to hold the garbage till u meet the next bin than hold it till you reach home

  10. Glover Lane
    May 21, 2010

    We are happy to hear that there will be a Clean up campaign in and around ROSEAU soon, Mr
    SYLVESTER, hope you got the email on the GLOVER LANE Situation with the photos, a copy was sent to the PM and the PRESIDENT. it’s time to get the derelict vehicles out of GLOVER LANE.
    iF YOU Don’t know where’s GLOVER LANE it’s between HIGH ST and BATH RD at the back of
    A.C.S 7/11.
    PLEASE SIR DO SOMETHING, The city council is aware of this situation, the police & traffic is aware also. If the fire & ambulance service has to intervene on GLOVER LANE whow will they be able
    to do so with these buses parked permanently in that LANE.

    Thanks in advance, and we are looking forward ot see that clean up campaign.

  11. HmmHmm
    May 21, 2010

    We need to start cleaning up the area of the Roseau City Council (ironically). I work in that area and human and animal feces are a constant fixture of the surroundings (probably due in part to it being an isolated area at nights). The place stinks, and to think of its close proximity to the Bay Front where the Cruise Ships dock.

    Secondly, the City Council needs to impound the dogs that roam (or those who their owners ‘let out’ to do thier business) the streets at nights, especially around St Martin School area. Every morning you get to that school, there is feces infront the gates; its appalling. Walk through town between 7 and 8am and you playing hop scotch to avoid stepping in feces. Come on City Council, you can do better.

    Finally, DSWM gave recycling bins to Bath Estate and Elmshall. However, no information was given (except on the radio I think) about the process of recycling. For this to work, we need information; how do we sort the garbage, what days (how often) do you collect recycle material.

    Further, with the amount of dogs roaming Bath Estate and Elmshall, how do we leave the recycle bins outside for DSWM to collect?

    Please advise.

    WE need to clean up the City.

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