DSWMC paper recycling
The Dominica Solid Waste Management Company (DSWMC) has expanded its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle programme by now including the recycling of paper.
The Cooperation has started the separation of paper for recycling, the aim of which is to extend the life of the Landfill as well as generate revenue.
The Corporation is beginning the project in the city of Roseau and will work initially with government offices and non government organizations to collect waste paper for proper disposal.
These organizations will be sensitized and trained by the Corporation in the proper practices for the programme to run effectively.
Reduce, Reuse and recycling of waste is the most important waste diversion strategy. It ensures that the landfill last longer and protects Dominica’s ecotourism thrust with less littering of the pristine environment.
Mr. Jeno Jacobs, the Public Relations Officer of the DSWMC says that statistics from 2002 show that 12% of the waste at the landfill was paper.
The Corporation is asking stakeholders to store these items in transparent plastic bags to ensure that the material is not wet or soiled. A special collection for paper will be provided on Tuesdays and Fridays in Roseau.
When waste paper goes to the landfill they rot, but produce methane which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It is becoming increasingly accepted that global warming is a reality and that methane and carbon dioxide emissions have to be reduced to lessen its effects.