Roadside garbage bins being removed

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Roadside garbage bins being removed

The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) is taking a proactive approach to ensuring a cleaner environment and healthier citizens by removing all community roadside garbage bins.

The islandwide exercise continues today with the removal of bins in the Marisule community.

No Dumping signs have also been erected along the roadway.

Education and Public Information Manager at the SLSWMA, Emilyn Jean, says the new policy is being instituted as the presence of these bins has created several issues over the years, including indiscriminate dumping which poses serious implications for public health.

“We recognise that the bins are poorly utilised by the public and in addition we recognise that individuals with vehicles actually transport waste from various locations to those community bins. Waste is placed in those bins all day and night and there is always a constant supply. This becomes a nuisance to people who live in the vicinity of the bins or in the communities where those bins exist, and pose a health hazard to people living in these communities and so there are constant complaints to our office,” she said.

Effective immediately, residents are encouraged to put waste out only on designated days for curb side collections.

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  1. St Lucia (as I was told by an official) cannot sustain the cost of a recycling plant on its own. It has to be done as a regional project. As it is there are some individuals who do it independently and the waste authority separates the garbage for disposal. But I think it could be a great pecs /caricom initiative - house the plant in one country and all the recyclable waste from others is sent for processing

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  2. Dont be silly now! Smh These are people I know who live in these areas. St Lucia is small. I'm sure somebody has mentioned a name to you and you knew exactly where they lived especially if they from areas you frequent. You don't have to believe me and I don't care if you don't buddy.

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  3. It absolutely amazing how we St. Lucians think, take responsibility for your nastiness. We all know when the collection days are, but yet you see people dropping trash in the bins on now collection days. What do you think there is some monolithic trash man that passes on the off collection days or the trash is magically collected, no it stays and festers. The only thinks passing are rats and dogs. The other thing is those persons that do not live in a particular area but still drop off their trash.

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  4. This simply a case of dereliction of duty by The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA): a mere passing of the buck to Joe public, to the detriment of our environment!!

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  5. st.lucia should invest in a recycledsite.anybody want to invest with me on this project...the bin collection is terrible on the island...

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  6. There should have been a public awareness campaign weeks in advance before deciding to remove the bins. this does not solve the problem of littering. people will look for alternative measures which may not be proper waste disposal.

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  7. I don't think that will solve the garbage problems.Even when the bins are empty,the SALOPS especially in the morne du don area still drop their garbage on the ground and in the gutters.

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  8. Good move. Some people are so NASTY they drive from cap estate, bonne Terrence, Rodney bay, reduit etc to dump their garbage in other areas. I had that experience and it was terrible. It brought stray dogs, rats and all sorts of vermin to our area. The bin would be cleared now and by 6 be full again. The area surrounding the bin was so filthy and these people came with no discretion dumping their trash anyway because it didn't affect them. SLSWA cleaned it up countless times until the bin was removed earlier this year. I think this helps combat saloptay. Let them be responsible for their own trash disposal. And besides, don't you all think if clearing garbage more often was feasible it wouldn't. Be the first step? Think about the resources it takes :money and man power plus these guys health.

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    • Sounds like a bunch of crock to me. Guessing you asked the people when they came to drop off and they told you they are from cap estate, bonneterre, rodney bay etc.

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  9. I think informing the public before such an action was taken would have been better than after the fact.

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  10. Why dont you guys just collect garbage more frequently rather than removing the bins.Garbage disposers will still have to pile garbage elsewhere, be it homes.... and the same can happen there.Collect it everyday and garbage will not be such an issue.Dogs , rodents etc wont make such a mess with it

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  11. Litter = Complain. Throw it in a bin = still complain! This is not the best solution to this problem. The removal of the waste will result in more indiscriminate littering in St Lucia. All Solid Waste had to do was make the trucks pick up the garbage more often. That's all!. I see Garbage trucks pass by some of those bins several times. If they would just empty them when they're full = problem solved.

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