Tonge calls for a clean Dominica; good customer service

keep cleanTourism Minister; Senator Robert Tonge has called on each Dominican to play their part to ensure that Dominica is clean and green as the new cruise ship season comes to a start.

According to Tonge, a clean environment as well as improved customer service is both needed in order for the 2015/2016 season to be successful.

“We can’t continue throwing garbage all over the place, we are asking persons not to throw garbage indiscriminately, throw it when you are suppose to throw it so that the garbage trucks can pick it up,” he said.

Tonge continued, “Let us ensure that Dominica is green, clean and in a state for ourselves, and obviously if it is ready for ourselves, obviously any visitor who comes would be happy to see that.”

He announced that all cruise ships that are expected to visit the island during this cruise ship season are expected to make their calls since no cancellations have been reported at this point in time.

“So we expect the exact same amount of calls in Dominica,” Tonge stated. “We are making sure that all areas are clean, but we as individuals we all have to do our part to ensure that it is ready.”

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  1. October 7, 2015

    well carnival liberty we will be in Dominica on October 20 only so keep Roseau clean just one day and that it.for the year

  2. anonymous2
    October 7, 2015

    I can’t argue with Mr. Tonge’s statement. This island has been terribly polluted by the people living on it and the toxic substance brought to it and used wontonly by uneducated and destructive people.

  3. The Real Facts
    October 6, 2015

    Blame non-caring people. I do think in Dominica/West Indies some people lack discipline. They need to be informed and taught.
    The government must establish strict rules. Those who do not adhere to them should be fined.
    Most of them who litter the streets may not have TV of all. They may not listen to the radio news. They are in a certain bracket. The government must find a way how to reach out to them and educate them accordingly.

  4. IMJustSaying
    October 6, 2015

    This is the thing with this inept and incompetent government. They always want to shoulder the blame on the citizens. Yes, it’s important that the citizens keep their environment clean. However, the fault of the lack of dustbins and the paucity of a healthy policy on waste management, the empty barrels (the government)will keep on dumping their inadequacies on the shoulders of the citizens.
    Seriously, how many garbage trucks have Dominica got? Get rid of the Government vanity suv vehicles and invest in some robust garbage trucks, arm each street corner with littering bins and clean and sanitize Roseau on a daily basis.

  5. Anonymous
    October 6, 2015
  6. CYRIL Volney
    October 6, 2015

    Dominicans create trash. Dominicans can change things by changing their habits. Unless that happens, no amount of Roseau Town Council effort will be successful. The businesses and restaurants in Roseau are amongst the biggest offenders. There are bins all over Roseau, and they are usually empty, with trash strewn about close to the bins. Just nasty habits.

  7. Roseau passe'
    October 6, 2015

    the tourism should take the clean-up 2 the next level by staging/initiating a palace coup. clean up cabinet and it’s tentacles . oust the greedy leaches.

    • Roseau passe'
      October 6, 2015

      Allyou printing what allu out 2

  8. Dominique
    October 6, 2015

    With all the bins in Roseau being full to the brim, I’m not sure where the Minister would like me to throw any rubbish. Yes, everyone must do their part in helping with litter, but the Mayor of the City Council must also do her part. Talking isn’t enough; that’s all it seems the government does.

    • The Real Facts
      October 6, 2015

      When you walk the streets of Roseau what type of trash do you have?
      Do you eat and drink while on the streets and then throw your containers in the bin or if the bin is full, do you throw it on the streets? Should you?

  9. Ambra Battilana
    October 6, 2015

    Shame on u tonge i was leaving melville hall yesterday and saw some foreigners flushing the toilette using a bucket of water, shame on skerrit for opening the airport without the basics, shame on de incompetence of de Govt.

    • time to stop
      October 6, 2015

      This is a disgrace. On Saturday, absolutely no water at Melville HALL…..water was being pumped from the river for flushing and cleaning….but the pump broke down. Worst yet,…….a passenger arriving could not find a bottle of water to buy until they reached Marigot. SHAME ……I LIKE HOW ALLU READY!!!!!!

  10. grell
    October 6, 2015

    Roseau will continue to smell Tonge,you ned to set up a cleaning crew to be present in Roseau during the day to make sure the streets are always clean,Also the garbage needs to be picked up on a daily bases not once a month.

    • The Real Facts
      October 6, 2015

      Not on a daily basis. This could prove costly. Those who throw garbage in the bins on the streets need to be disciplined. They must keep the garbage in their houses/yards. Prior to garbage pickup they must place their garbage outside.
      I reside in a big city and the garbage is picked up once a week, at a certain time. There are strict rules. If they are not adhered to, residents will be fined.
      There are also public garbage bins for those who eat and drink (soft drinks) on the street or while waiting for a bus. These are emptied by the garbage collector, probably on a weekly basis..
      Residents of homes are aware the day garbage will be picked up. The night before or early morning, they put out their garbage in the bin which they purchased from the municipal government.
      The government must ensure that the streets are clean by informing residents and educating them accordingly. A fine should be imposed for those who do not adhere to regulations.

  11. Sams Gutter
    October 6, 2015

    Can some one maintain the flower planters on the bay front, please. Like I have said before many of us Dominicans have travelled overseas, even within the Caribbean, and have seen how they take care of their cities. Upkeep is very important.

  12. Bumper 2real
    October 6, 2015

    What have you done as a minister.? not a f..

    The town is the worst in yhe world. yes it!
    paros and srench.
    Those vagrants are living openly on the streets. what has DA come to.
    Sorry but Erika didn’t put us 20yrs back. we were there already.
    The roads to villages are bushy bush bushy.
    Clean up the damn place
    Shame shame shame.

    • time to stop
      October 6, 2015

      Its not Robbie who has the town in a shanty….give due where is deserved……its Cecil Joseph….worst mayor ever………the town is an absolute mess of vendors…..everywhere…blocking sidewalks, narrow passageways, side streets……oh and the side streets are also toilets. Bayfront…..more vendors…….its was never in the Bayfront plan for vending. Eugenia Charles must be turning in her grave. The side of Dupigny is a disgrace of vendors against the walls there, pee and whatever else. Go in lane by Royal Bank…..same thing……Thats how they treat the business community……..Can heaven even help Dominica?

  13. Anonymous
    October 6, 2015

    we should not live for tourist! who takes up the responsibilities of dealing with the offenders? take for instance there are derelict vehicles on the public roads and solid waste who is responsible for their removal refuses to do so. people stacking rubbish infront of others doors days before collection, who deals with this situation? address these problems, address society and the tourist will be fine…!

    • Roseau passe'
      October 6, 2015

      noni must anew.

  14. I
    October 6, 2015

    I wonder when we would stop using the word ‘persons’… Ugh… The word is so over used in Dominica…,
    Ugh… Can we move on from using the word .

  15. Pedro
    October 6, 2015

    We know you got to sound relevant. But, we don’t have to be clean and green for tourists. We NEED to be clean for OUR OWN health and wellness as it is the right thing to do for the citizens!! Citizens are priority over visitors. Clean your house because you need to, not because you may have visitors! Wrong message! So if you want to talk the country’s health and sanitation and environment, then this is a more appropriate message! Start with the right priorities mr Minister ,then make resources available and also provide education at all levels including the schools.

  16. Alethea
    October 6, 2015

    I’m so disappointed in Robert Tonge as a minister, he has brought absolutely nothing new to the table and has unfortunately joined the team of incompetence.
    Robert, this is your first Tourist season, what are you offering? Where is the innovation? Don’t blame Erika because she has not affected any of your plans. Access to some sites may be a bit difficult but from your own admission the sites are ready, so why was Roseau literally stinking on the day of the opening of the season.
    Robert, you should return to your private business because what you are doing can be done by Johnson Drigo or Ivor Stephenson, two of the most incompetent in the cabinet, or the other two who epitomizes incompetence, the Ians, Pinard and Douglas.
    Robert Tonge is such a disappointment, that I cannot get over it. I thought the man was taking up the office with innovation and creative thinking but he has just fallen in line like the others, what a shame. Please resign Robert.

    • Peter Potter
      October 6, 2015

      Amen to that!

  17. Roseau passe'
    October 5, 2015

    Tonge get the entire cabinet to do a sunday 8-4.00 p.m clean up like the opposition did sometime ago lead take ur your over fed self to a cleanup day and do some real work.
    That’s what is over due..Don’t know if you ever used a broom or let alone a cutlass in ur 30 odd yrs. Let’s see U It’s a challenge Tongue.

  18. Born Again Christian
    October 5, 2015

    Good Customer Service should only be talked and practiced about at the start of the Cruise Ship Season, it must be talked about and practiced throughout the year.

    • Malpardee
      October 5, 2015

      U are soooo right. Some people in da don’t have a clue how to talk to people. I am talking from experience.

    • citizen no Denizen
      October 6, 2015

      D/cans need to clean up parliament that’s all. 98% of DA’s fundamental hurdle.

      • who vex loss
        October 6, 2015

        too many poor standards individuals( extreme by-product of poverty lads in politics here.
        They know selves.

  19. Born Again Christian
    October 5, 2015

    While I am agreeing with Minister Tonge that the town should be clean and green, how is this going to happen when people can hardly find a litter bin anywhere in Roseau, when the garbage truck passes once a fortnight to collect rubbish, when there are broken sewer lines in some areas of Roseau, broken and uneven side walks, lack of pedestrian and traffic directional signs, lack of sufficient street lights making Roseau look scary at nights, lack of open public spaces and green spaces, the Bayfront look like a ghetto with all the varying sizes and colours of vendors tents with many using broken lumber and damaged plywood and tarpaulin, some of which are dirty. Mr Minister clean and Green is not only for the lips to utter but for the eyes to see. Use your influence as Minister to ensure that the Roseau City Council and DSWMC (Solid Waste) ensure the City is cleaned up daily, only then you will see the difference.

    • Zuma
      October 6, 2015

      Great point. And I will add whoever it is that is advertising the government is useless and should be replaced., Roseau should and must be the most beautiful town in n the Caribbean. In the past it was once a nice sight to be it is a rat infested drain.. Government of Dominica please wake up put the finance to use. Clean up Roseau. Not only for the tourist but for all a we…,soon we won’t trust going into any restaurant in Roseau. Health officials should begin visiting them restaurant kitchens for sanitary inspection….

    • MY 2cents
      October 6, 2015

      @ Born Again Christian You cannot be in Dominica. It’s either that or you are just a crazy crackhead and don’t know better because not one thing you said in your post is correct. There is NO where in Roseau you walk for more than 1 minute and not run into a green bin. The garbage trucks are out everyday. And the city is cleaned up daily. You see the guys in their brown uniforms out 7 day’s a week doing an excellent job cleaning up Roseau. It’s hypocrite and ignorant people like you that are destroying Dominica’s image with the shit that you all say. Let’s be real and until we don’t problems will never be rectified in Dominica. This is the most active i have ever seen the Roseau Town Council and at the same time I am saying that this is the nastiest i have ever seen Roseau. We do NOT have a clean up problem in Dominica. We have a staying clean problem. Stop the excuses. Dominicans are just to nasty. Plain and simply. They are dirtying faster than it is humanly possible to…

      • CYRIL Volney
        October 6, 2015


  20. Shameless
    October 5, 2015

    Honestly, the said Tourism Minister is now a nuisance in my view. Roby, please quit belching bubbles and get to work. You have joined the chorus of incompetence and I am very disappointed in you.

    Assertive, NEVER Aggressive!

  21. October 5, 2015

    Like de Minister is watching what good governance is doing in Guyana.

    October 5, 2015

    Mr Tonge clean and green? you need to give Solid Wate money to fix the gabbage trucks I guess you
    are not aware that it is taking 3 weeks for the gabbage to get picked up take a drive wake up from your chair you will see for your self.

  23. karen
    October 5, 2015

    Amen. But Government has to make it easier for folks to properly dispose of their trash and be willing to enforce laws discouraging littering and improper disposal (especially of potentially toxic items, like old medications, petroleum-based anything, tires, pressure treated wood scrap, etc. etc. How I wish we had a proper recycling program with easy-to-access drop-off areas like Roseau market.

    • derp
      October 5, 2015

      that’s true and separate trash, I was walking from the Texaco gas station to the Port and could not find one rubbish bin to dump my bottle, I had to go in a store to dispose of it….

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