DSWMC seeks new ways to dispose of garbage

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews DSWMC seeks new ways to dispose of garbage by: – November 26, 2011 62 Views   no discussions Public Relations Officer of the DSWMC Jeno Jacobs The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) is seeking new methods to properly dispose garbage on the island.The organization held a consultation at the Fort Young Hotel on Friday, geared at diversifying its waste disposal methods as a result of fears being posed by increase in waste on the island.Public Relations Officer of the DSWMC Jeno Jacobs says the organization is determined to come up with the best strategy to ensure that land filling becomes a thing of the past.“This is very important for us in mapping our way forward through a waste diversion study which will be conducted her for the next few weeks,” he said.Jacob noted that the organization has already hired consultants and have spoken to several companies about composting.Meantime Acting General Manager of DSWMC Bristol Lawrence says the study will determine the best practice for collection of compostable waste in Dominica and conduct analysis that will determine the benefits of undertaking a waste recycling approach opposed to land filing or recycle waste.He said it will also determine the future impact of land filling and the life expectancy of the country’s main landfill in Fond Cole.“I must say that one of the main reasons for this is to see how we can gain partnership to join us in this effort. Over a year ago we started a project in Bath Estate and what we have seen from this program is that a lot of the communities have been appreciating the efforts,” he said.Acting General Manager of DSWMC Bristol Lawrence He said composting should be one of the primary ways in waste reduction.Meantime Dominica’s Health Minister Julius Timothy says Dominica must continue to seek ways to diversify its waste disposal methods.“The Fond Cole Sanitary Landfill which was funded by the EU and commissioned in 2006 was built with an estimated life span of fifteen years. The waste scale data for 2011 shows that over the last ten months, 10,264 tons of solid waste was transported to the landfill, equating to 1026 tons per month or 23.21 tons per day of waste being brought to the landfill. If all solid waste is landfill, without a sound waste diversion strategy, there will be little space left to dispose of waste within the next few years,” he said.According to Timothy, the DSWMC has already taken steps to mitigate the problem.“This year, the corporation has so far, exported five forty foot containers of used led acid batteries, 9 twenty foot containers of waste glass and two forty foot containers of waste cardboards,” he confirmed.Timothy also noted that the Dominica Solid Waste Corporation has also developed a waste recycling policy geared at guiding and regulating waste recycling on the island.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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