Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency, Kelver Darroux has reiterated the importance for citizens across the island to practice proper garbage disposal methods.
Darroux stated that citizens have a responsibility to ensure that their garbage is properly disposed of and should not depend solely on the village council.
He noted that residents in communities across the country should be fully aware of their role in proper garbage disposal, adding that they should be aware of the garbage truck’s schedule before disposing their garbage on the roadside.
“The responsibility cannot be left to local village councils, or the other NGOs, to be responsible for the garbage that is coming from your homes,” Mr. Darroux said during a stakeholder consultation for a West Coast Solid Waste Management Project on 18 July 2018 at St. Joseph.
“We all have a role to play, which will be critical in ensuring that we develop a proper plan for proper solid waste management,” Darroux stated.
He added that residents should work towards keeping waterways, such as the drains and ravines, in the villages clean and free from debris, noting that Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria showed that the flooding caused by these waterways were a result of them being blocked with debris.
“We have to ensure that we have proper waste management plans in our communities, so that individuals can be aware that they have to dispose of their garbage and their waste in an efficient manner,” he noted.
Minister Darroux further added that residents must be responsible when disposing of their garbage, so as to reduce the chances of contracting diseases carried by insects and rodents, which are attracted by garbage.
“And all of these diseases; the Dengue, the Chikungunya, will come back and haunt us and our children so we have to ensure that if we want a clean environment. If we want to be disease free as much a practically possible, then effective garbage disposal is a key component towards advancing that goal,” Minister Darroux added.