Solid Waste Holds Press Conference on Update of Codfish Issue
Three more persons have been arrested and police are continuing their investigations into their involvement in the removal of contaminated codfish from the Fond Cole Landfill.
We understand that they are employees of the Dominica Solid Waste and Management Corporation (D.S.W.M.C).
The Fond Cole Landfill’s security was breeched last Monday, where the condemned codfish was taken and sold on the local market.
To date, approximately 65-70% of the condemned goods have been retrieved.
General Manager of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (D.S.W.M.C), Mr. Bristol Lawrence, says he is thankful for the quick response of the Police in catching the perpetrators.
Two earlier arrests have been made in connection with the contaminated codfish and have been sentenced accordingly.
The Corporation thanks the general public for alerting them to more of the goods that was found.
Sanitary Landfill and recyclables Manager, Mr. Marcus Francis, says since then the landfill management has taken steps to prevent this occurrence from happening again in the future.
They will continue to enforce a “no access” policy with regards to scavengers entering the landfill.
The Corporation is working with the Police in making available any information that can help with the investigations.
The Corporation is making it clear that they are in full cooperation with the Environmental Health Department to make sure that such goods are disposed of properly when they enter the landfill.
The condemned codfish is red in colour, has a stench of cockroaches, black marks, and is discoloured.
The Corporation is asking the general public to be vigilant and help get rid of all circulating items from the local market.