As the Dominica Consumer Protection Association (DCPA) embarks on the GEF Small Grant Programme funded West Coast Solid Waste Management Program to be piloted in the village of Tarreau, one goal is to form parish based consumer groups.
The association held a consultation with stakeholders to form an implementation plan for the project on Wednesday 18 July 2018 in St. Joseph.
Cleville Mills, President of the Dominica Consumer Protection Association said they have come in contact with many persons interested in solid waste management.
“The reviews have been coming in and we find that many persons are showing a strong interest in solid waste management. What we also find is that there are a number of other persons who have projects to look about solid waste.”
Therefore, the association is looking to collaborate with persons involved in working in the environment and solid waste management so as to not duplicate what they have been doing.
One of the DCPA’s objectives he said is to organize consumers in order to represent their interest.
“One person cannot represent as effectively as two or as a group.One of the things that we are hoping also to do is as we go parish by parish to set up the consumer groups.”
He hopes that the pilot program in Tarreau will be successful where a “solid consumer group” is formed which can then be used as a blueprint for implementation island wide.