DSWMC making major strides

DSWMC making major strides

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LocalNews DSWMC making major strides by: – October 2, 2012center_img 14 Views   no discussions Share General Manager, Bristol LawrenceAlthough the volume of waste generated has been increasing annually and has posed enormous challenges for the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC), the organization has made major strides.According to a report from the Corporation’s general manager, Bristol Lawrence, they have seen “many positives”.“We have seen the increase in payments in fees at the Landfill, meaning that persons are taking responsibility and disposing of their waste properly. We have seen increase in residents’ contribution towards garbage collection fee”.He made particular mention of the community of Sylvania, who do not have a village council, have been able to organize their waste for collection.“I would like to specifically highlight the community of Sylvania, a community without a village council has seen it fit, not only to do more but have come together to create a holding area to place their garbage and have also gone ahead and started to collect their contributions to help sustain the service”.Lawrence explained further that citizens must be commended for their participation in the removal of derelict vehicles across the island.“The community spirit across the island has been overwhelming especially to the removal of derelict vehicles and hazardous waste from the environment. Over the last twelve months, we have seen the removal of above six hundred derelict vehicles and over ten thousand six hundred used led, acid batteries from the environment”. There has also been marked improvement in the area of recycling across the island.“In the area of recycling, we have seen great improvement; there have been increase in export, job creation and revenue in that sector. We remain optimistic that recycling, as part of the 3R’s campaign, will not only assist in waste management, but will bring across other social and economical benefits to Dominica”.Although Lawrence noted that the Corporation is not exempt from the effects of the global financial crisis, he said they are “optimistic that our better days are ahead with the change in mindsets and condition of how waste can be treated and disposed”.“It is of paramount importance that we realize that business cannot be carried out as usual, we have to work together with all private and public partners in order to provide sustainability to our endeavors”.He expressed gratitude to the CARMA Group who provided a crane truck for two months for the movement of derelict vehicles, the Environmental Health Department who provided the leadership on the ground and staff, Public Works Corporation, Dominica Police Force, Petro Caribe, Grenadine Gas Inc and the village councils who played their part and have been assisting in reducing, reusing and recycling waste. He also thanked all managers and staff of the Corporation for their efforts as it is “making a difference”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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