A number of stakeholders have joined forces in a campaign geared at solving issues related to littering in the city of Roseau.
A committee has been set up to design practical strategies in efforts to attack the problem.
The campaign was launched on Thursday.
“The committee comprises of the Roseau City Council, the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC), Discover Dominica Authority, the Environmental Health Department, the Roseau Market Authority and the Dominica Police Force,” Bristol Lawrence, General Manager of the DSWMC, explained.
He noted that the committee intends to place waste advisory billboards over the east and west bridges of Roseau and will also place a garbage collection schedule for Roseau on television and the radio.
The Anti Litter Committee will engage in joint patrols with the police to enforce the litter laws and media appearances to educate the public on the campaign, he noted.
Meantime, Mayor of Roseau, Irene John pointed out that special attention must be given to the issue of vagrants in Roseau.
“We need to pay special attention to the vagrants because this is become a very very troublesome area,” she said. “It would appear that some of us are scared to take action to deal with the vagrants and every day you will see a new one on the block and it is creating a very big problem …. the quicker we can deal with it is the better we can curb some of the problems that exist in Roseau.”
John stated further that some individuals in Roseau use the vagrants to conduct criminal acts in the city.
“Paying them a dollar or two to get rid of their garbage anywhere or go on the bridge and dump it in the river or put it in a corner,” she pointed out.
Adding his voice to the campaign, Inspector David Andrew, emphasized that anyone found defiling any public water course will be dealt with accordingly since it is an offense to do so.
“Any person who seeks to defile any public water course – you see people at the standpipe washing clothes, bathing amongst other things – these are offenses …and we will definitely partner with the other agencies to enforce those offenses,” he said.
Andrew noted that a police patrol will be linked with the health sector, environment sector, and Roseau City Council to ensure that there is health and safety in Roseau.