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SWMC Updates on Cleanup Initiative of Derelict Vehicles

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Solid Waste Management Corporation (SWMC) is back with their information campaign during their islandwide cleanup initiative to properly dispose of derelict vehicles and white goods (stoves, washing machine, refrigerator etc.)

On Tuesday, September 14. members of the corporation came to give a status update on the process of the cleanup during ‘Talking Trash’ on WINN’s Island Tea.

“For me on the west side, [everything is going pretty smooth]. We have been able to tag several, [which] we determine are derelict vehicles. We [came] about, a little bit [of a] challenge in finding the owners, but that’s basically most of our challenges to find the owners of these vehicles. So, when we don’t find the owners what we do is just tag them with “To Whom It May Concern” and give them seven days to remove the vehicles,” shared Leighton Ramsey, Litter Warden and operating on the west side of the island.

If an owner can contact them before the seven days are up and explain their reason for still needing the vehicle, the SWMC would give them an additional seven days to move the vehicle or salvage it for parts.

“[We started at Cayon in zone 23 and 22]… In Cayon, we got to move [a couple of vehicles], up to started last Wednesday, and we’re still doing it in present moment. From last Wednesday until up to yesterday (Monday, September 13), we collected [about] 40 vehicles from Cayon [Which has the most derelict vehicles, so that’s [the target] for now,” said Ivanka James, Litter Warden and operating on the east side of the island.

According to the litter wardens, the biggest challenge so far is finding the owners of abandoned derelict vehicles to serve them notice of the removal of those vehicles.

Individuals are also encouraged to contact SWMC if they have derelict vehicles or know of any such vehicles in their community.

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