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SWMC Manager encourages individuals to stop illegal dumping

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): International Day of Zero Waste is celebrated annually on March 30 and the Solid Waste Management Corporation in St. Kitts carried out a clean-up exercise at the Basseterre Valley Aquifer, one of the popular illegal dump sites on the island.

The manager at the Solid Waste Management Corporation, Nelvin Maynard described illegal dumping as ‘reckless’ behaviour on the part of those who are engaged in those acts.

“I stand before you to bring to your attention, a very pressing issue that has been affecting the health, beauty, and overall sustainability of our community, illegal dumping. We’re here at the Basseterre Valley Aquifer to witness the increased instances of illegal dumping in this area. The Aquifer is where water is issued to Basseterre and the surrounding areas, like Newtown and the Seventh Day Adventist School. So it is very bothersome to see the reckless actions of individuals who chose to dump illegally in this area.”

According to Maynard, the items found at the Basseterre Valley Aquifer, are items that are accepted at the landfill for a small cost, thus encouraging individuals to desist from illegal dumping.

“Some of the items that we discovered are what we accept at the landfill only at a small rate of EC 5.00; we’re talking about washing machines, stoves, mattresses, vehicle parts, household items, and green waste, we accept these at the landfill so, they are not to be thrown here at the Aquifer. We’re urging the public to desist from illegal dumping.”

As declared by the United Nations, “International Day of Zero Waste aims to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, support the societal shift towards consumption and production patterns, support the societal shift towards circularity, and raise awareness about how zero-waste initiatives contribute to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 14, 2022, to commemorate International Day of Zero Waste on March 30. Its first observance was on March 30, 2023.

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