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Tips for Waste Management Before and After a Hurricane


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Do not take garbage collection for granted, especially as we are now officially in the Atlantic Hurricane season.

A view expressed by Inita Lake Collections Manager from the Solid Waste Management Corporation and host of Talking Trash on WINN Tuesday, June 1.

She offered some storm preparation tips as it related to waste:

*Trim your trees and hedges to avoid unnecessary risk of property damage

*Do not wait for the announcement of a storm to start clean-up measures

*Clean out garages and storage facilities/areas

*Donate/discard unneeded items

*At least three days before the approach of a storm/hurricane secure garbage bins in a closed space.

*Stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming when there is a named storm with a predicted landfall

*Bundle and tie all loose waste (PVC pipes, Wood planks, 2×4, tree trimmings, etc.)

*Store any debris that has the potential of being a hazard in a closed location

Solid Waste Management will continue to collect household waste until a hurricane/storm warning is issued.

Now let us say a storm/hurricane does make landfall, how should households deal with waste?

Separate household trash from storm debris

According to Lake, this will help expedite the collection of household waste.

She also added that the Solid Waste Management Corporations will start the collection of household waste on passable roads after approval is given from law enforcement. As more areas become cleared for traversing, the expansions of waste collection will commence eventually leading to regular routine service during recovery.


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