Mayor of the City of Roseau, Her Worship Irene John, says the City Council may have to resort to installing cameras in the capital as a deterrent to littering.
Littering has been a longstanding challenge for the City Council.
Mayor John believes that the issue is more about the behavior of citizens than the Council’s limitations.
“We are concerned that the cruise ship is here, the tourists are here and the city is dirty but who [is responsible for making the city dirty?] My main concern is us,” she said.
Still, the Council continues to work hard to combat the issue of littering.
City Overseer, Thomas Baptiste, who is responsible for the general upkeep of the municipality, spoke about some of these initiatives.
“We are collaborating with the Environmental Health Department and the Solid Waste Management Corporation and from time to time we meet to strategise,” he said. “We have also hired, through the National Employment Programme, five Litter Wardens to be on the beat all the time. They are doing patrols within the boundaries of the city of Roseau, particularly the centre. Their primary objective is to sensitize the public.”
He says these strategies have yielded signs of improvement.
It is the Council’s hope that initiatives like these can be continued and broadened in order to continue improving sanitation in the city.
Additionally, the Mayor is adamant that if citizens adhere to the Litter Act, the City will be much cleaner.
“We have laws governing the country,” she says. “And we must all abide by the laws. They are not for one, they are for all of us.”