Roadside garbage dumping remains a problem
By: Staff Reporter, SKNVibes.com
St.Kitts-Nevis Disposal removes garbage in Lime Kiln
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - DESPITE numerous warnings of cease-and-desist to persons who dump their waste on the side of roadways, the unhealthy practice persists and the St. Kitts-Nevis Disposal (SKANDIS) has embarked on a clean-up campaign.
Old cars, tyres, plastics and other household waste were some of the items removed from the side of the roads in the Lime Kiln area, which have become an eyesore to many.
Business Development Coordinator, SKANDIS, Shelice Lewis revealed that the company is currently on a community cleanup drive that would see the removal of solid waste from around the islands.
“We saw the need to cleanup the area. As you see there was a lot of illegal dumping that was going on here,” she told SKNVibes News.
The problem of illegal dumping has long become a major issue for the Solid Waste Management Corporation, health officials and the Government. But recently they were able to nab several persons for throwing their waste on the roadside, rather than taking it to the Conaree Landfill.
Lewis noted that the company took the initiative to carry out the project, as it has found that persons are being willful in their act.
At the Lime Kiln location, individuals refused to use the bin to dispose of their garbage and instead placed their waste close to it.
“...Persons do a lot of illegal dumping because they do not want to pay the tipping fees of Solid Waste. We do have a lot of community cleanups that are ongoing. For example, in December the Solid Waste Company management team did a community cleanup around the whole island,” she noted.
The indiscriminate dumping of solid waste and other similar items is said to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects, which officials say could be harmful in the long term. Anyone found dumping illegally will be fined $5,000.