The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) is seeking to undertake a new initiative next month to improve litter bins in the city of Roseau.
This was according to General Manager of the DSWMC, Florian Mitchell who was speaking to state-owned radio, DBS.
“One of the things we are seeking to do as of February 2023 is to improve on the litter bins in the City and as we speak we have a container which came in on Sunday and we will be improving the whole issue of litter and litter management within the City,” he said.
Mitchell also said there will be the continuation of community storage by distributing bins at the rural level.
He revealed that the corporation has distributed in excess of 1100 bins so far and it’s their intention to increase incrementally as the years unfold.
Furthermore, he said the corporation has been putting a lot of programs together to help improve waste management and one of the key areas is waste diversion.
“We have been doing a lot of work with the [Organization of Eastern Caribbean States] OECS with respect to trying to formulate a recycling facility in Dominica,” Mitchell noted.
He continued, “We have gotten support from them through the provision of additional equipment that we need to process the plastic, which is your recycled material.”
Mitchel appealed to the general public to place greater emphasis on separating their waste.
“We have an equipment that is responsible for collecting your glass, plastic, and cans, but the participation from the general public is very minimal, so we would like to see a greater level of cooperation and support from the general public towards that activity,” he urged.
Meanwhile, he mentioned that the corporation is seeking to expand the Fond Cole Sanitary Landfill.
“The Fond Cole Sanitary Landfill has been in commission for the past 18 years and what we are currently seeking…is to do an expansion plant that will allow us to utilize another location within the parameters of the landfill for another cell,” Mitchell explained. “We recognize that even if you set up another cell and you do not have a strong waste diversion component it is going to fill up relatively quick…”
He further explained that for the expansion with the current parameters, there are about two acres within the area that could be utilized for the expansion.
In terms of the design, Mitchell said it is taking a little while, “however once we get the design then we will execute the project.”
“So we are looking within a year or two, to be able to get the design and execute the project,” he revealed.