Solid Waste Management Corporation Launches Week of Activities
In an effort to promote the three R’s campaign, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) has launched a week of activities which was launched on Monday October 1st.
Speaking at the launching Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mrs. Helen Royer says this activity is timely and essential, as it seeks to raise the public awareness on the importance of collectively Solid Waste issues in Dominica.
Mrs. Royer added that the support and collaboration of the public plays a vital role in ensuring the success of any program of private sector participation.
The Acting Permanent Secretary pointed out that the involvement of the public should be seen as central to any approach for introducing Solid Waste Management, while initiating concerted efforts to sustainable development.
General Manager of DSWMC Mr. Bristol Lawrence says if we can reduce our waste it means we are reducing the waste from entering the waste streams, if we can recycle then we are creating new products, jobs and protecting our environment and also reducing the amount of waste that goes to the landfill.
He said like every other institution, the Corporation is feeling the strain of the global financial down turn, however despite the pessimism of the situation they are optimistic there are better days ahead with the change in mindset and condition of how waste can be treated and disposed.
JICA Representative for Dominica Mr. Tatsuya Morita, says that promoting a safe, healthy and sustainable environment is one of the major targets for the Government of Japan, more so because it addresses human security the driving force of JICA activities.
He said this factor is more significant now with the current challenges posed by climate change and its impact on the environment.
Some of the week’s activities include an exhibition at the Landfill throughout the week, a workshop on Tuesday October 2nd at the Public Service Training Centre at 9am, Radio programs, and a Health Fair among others.