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Immediate action needed to manage the country's waste disposal sites — PNP

Monday, July 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) says immediate and urgent action must be taken to deal with the problem of uncontrolled burning at the country's dump sites.

The call came on the heels of a successful operation to get a fire at the Retirement Dump in St James under control. Smoke is however proving to still be an issue in some sections of the parish.

Opposition Spokesperson on Land and the Environment Senator Sophia Frazer Binns in a release today said, “the number of unrestrained burnings at the various sites is growing and continues to adversely impact the lives of the residents of surrounding communities and the environment as a whole, hence, there is a dire need for an immediate intervention from the Government.”

Frazer-Binns said she believes that there is a total disregard for proper waste management and the impact of airborne toxins to the health of our citizens by the Government.

“Proper management of our public dump sites must be a part of good governance. The government's failure to efficiently and effectively manage solid waste in a way that respects the environment and protect the health and safety of our citizens is just another glaring example of poor governance and oversight”.

Frazer Binns said the aged, infirm and the young are usually the ones suffering the most from the deteriorating situations as a result of the burning dumps.

“At a multi sectorial meeting held in March of this year, the Government through Minister Daryl Vaz, gave its commitment to take drastic actions to fix the problems at the Riverton City Dump and the resultant poor air quality standards along Spanish Town Road and surrounding communities."

She said that to date, no such action has been forthcoming and the problem has expanded beyond the Corporate Area dump site.

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