Gov’t appeals to citizens to stop dumping garbage

18
Gov’t appeals to citizens to stop dumping garbage
Plastic bottles fill up a river in the north of the island.
Plastic bottles fill up a river in the north of the island.
Plastic bottles fill up a river in the north of the island.

The Government of Saint Lucia has appealed to citizens to stop dumping garbage in the rivers and gutters in order to prevent major flooding and damage to infrastructure.

The government’s appeal comes in light of the recent floods which saw the City of Castries and other communities inundated within hours of rainfall.

Infrastructure Minister Phillip J. Pierre has said that the flooding could be lessened if persons take some responsibility to ensure that they do not dump plastic items and old fridges and stoves in the rivers.

“The government spends nearly $1 million each year on desilting and after every weather event, you have to spend more money to clear things that were put there by human beings,” the minister explained.

Pierre said that there should be greater enforcement of the law to ensure that people are taught a lesson not to dump garbage indiscriminately, emphasizing that it has many consequences.

“The law is there, but it ought to be enforced. Unless the law is brought to bear on someone who continues to dump garbage, this will continue…the law must be put into effect,” he added.

Asked whether there are plans to reinforce the current infrastructure so as to avoid breaches whenever there is a major weather event, Pierre said the government is already building more resilient infrastructure.

He made reference to the Bois D’Orange Bridge for which millions of dollars was spent to build that infrastructure. Pierre boasted that it is one of the most resilient bridges in the region.

“So when you hear people speak of the cost of the bridge without proof, even though they have been told by consultants over again…all the new infrastructure have withstood the weather events,” he said.

(2)(0)

No posts to display

18 COMMENTS

  1. Recycle and try to get those people to see the difference and change the mind set it is very much possible ..... sad ...

    (0)(0)

  2. The producers and distributers should be given the responsibility to treat their bye products without taking away from our own responsibility to keep the environment clean. They can have those plastics returned for a small fee. That will eliminate the non or very slow decaying materials like plastics. It will provide the needy with some form of employment ( plastic bottle collectors). If this is done, there will not be a single waste plastic bottle left. Or they can have the producers package their products in fast decaying materials. Either way, they should absorb some responsibility. Keep in mind that plastics take thousands of years to completely decay.

    (6)(0)

  3. Most of these seem to be plastic PET bottles. I think the manufacturers need some responsibility for this. There should be a tax on these bottles that should be used solely for the purpose of cleaning and recycling these bottles. When I look around these are the main culprits of our litter problem. When softdrinks were sold in bottles there was an incentive to return them. Now there is no such incentive so a tax is needed.

    (5)(0)

  4. Blame the companies who sell their products in plastic bottles and have no system in place to recover and recycle these bottles.

    (6)(6)

  5. Exactly! The laws are there enforce it. Some citizens will take pride in their surroundings while others will lend a helping hand in destroying it. Start issuing fines when individuals are caught littering, no matter how small it may look.
    It's about time we be held for our actions.

    (6)(0)

  6. yes uh when i said we need to stop polluting our rivers by throwing things in them so we would not be in these type of situations in drought so we could at least get water to wash and for less or no flooding during high rain fall people want to go besides the point of the rubbish which is causing the problem an say we don't have rivers. yall not telling the government we dont have rivers? choops

    (0)(0)

  7. I can't believe my eyes. Viewing the photo in a smaller window, I thought garbage had been collected from various places and placed in a heap. People need to do better.

    (0)(0)

  8. We need garbage police on the streets to ensure that the garage is dumb probably or else charge those nasty people

    (0)(0)

  9. Disgusting, and then people wonder why there are soo many floods and that the drainage systems are clogged up and don't work properly.

    (3)(0)

  10. If we don't have the financial power to establish our own recycling plant, why not broker a deal with neighboring Caribbean islands that have those plants, for example Martinique? I'm sure some kind of arrangement could be reached that will be mutually beneficial to both islands. Just something for the authorities to think about.

    (5)(0)

    • There is need for an enabling framework to be in place to give people an incentive to change behavior.
      Many years ago I remember there being litter wardens in St. Lucia. I think there was an issue where they lacked the legal authority so when challenged they did away with them. start charging persons for littering throwing things out of vehicles etc.

      I am sure that sustainable development has drafted something where there a small refundable fee can be attached to a plastic bottle so that would be an incentive for persons not to throw it away. It may increase the cost of the beverage but hey soft drinks are not good for us anyway.

      (3)(0)

    • Having a recycling plant or making an arrangement with another island won't work if people continue to dump garbage in places where they're not supposed to. It's a shame to see that there are so many nasty Saint Lucians.

      (0)(1)

Comments are closed.