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'Everyone haffi eat a food'

Wednesday, March 19, 2014    

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JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on the latest fire at the Riverton dump, arguing that it is time the Government put in the necessary measures to prevent a recurrence. The dump has been burning since Sunday, after a fire was deliberately started at a section of the facility where tyres are stored. The smog has caused severe inconvenience for city dwellers. Here are some edited comments:

CHUCK EMANUEL THE ORIGINAL

It is a shame that the authority hasn't learned from all the past fire to put in place the necessary fire-fight ingmechanism. What will it take to fix "the dump"? Only God knows what effect these fires are having on the environment. I would [not] want to live any place in close proximity to this landfill!

FromUSAwithluv

@CHUCK EMANUEL THE ORIGINAL: The authority? What authority? Call names. This PNP administration is a disgrace.

blindmice

@FromUSAwithluv: This is how the most and best loved PM and party which has won most elections since our Independence run things. Tun-e-up! Anywhere in the world with a large population, landfill sites are a must as a means of garbage disposal. Not even in Haiti! I am not hearing of them having such frequent landfill fires as Riverton. Which means that the authority or whatever or whomever they are; or you want to call them can't even manage and handle the affairs of a landfill disposal site.

Don't Stop De Progress!

Solid Achievement!

dino

@CHUCK EMANUEL THE ORIGINAL: True. We are not proactive enough.

Really

Why not dredge the river nearby (I think it is called the Duhaney River) and channel the water to dams in Riverton. Then all the fire trucks will need to do is to fill up their trucks from the dams and avoid using gas for long distances and potable water for extinguishing the fires.

FromUSAwithluv

@Really: Private contractor affi eat a food.

DML

@Really: If you find a profitable use for old tyres, you create demand for old tyres and that will lead to the theft of tyres. All car, bus and truck operators will suffer.

jayjayja

If Riverton has its own water, then what will happen to the private contractors who are used to truck water to the site when the dump is on fire? Everyone haffi eat a food, eno. How it come like say di fire department nuh want ppl fi eat a food!

Trevel

How many times must this happen before the obvious is done? That said, there are STILL places on the island with no running water. The issue with a proper water system on the island has been neglected by BOTH parties for years: water pumps over 50 years old; pumps which are carried around the island to service areas which are badly served. And, the fire service is right; there should be an independent supply for cases such as this. But this is Jamaica where the obvious is NEVER done or expected.

Shirley Holness

I see that the pictures of the "eat a food" trucks were not shown here. Of all the trucks that were on site working, maybe this was the only NSWMA truck that was working there. Lord, help us!

woodpecker

Now that's a NO BRAINER IF THERE WAS EVER ONE. BTW does Jennifer Edwards still have a JOB this Morning? This is just negligence PURE AND SIMPLE

johnchristian

There is precedent in the "civilized non-eat a food" world how to operate a landfill/garbage disposal site without it burning on a regular basis. Why do we not adopt this Technique? Let me answer my own question: If we do "eat a food possibilities' disappear... and that's a no no!

FromUSAwithluv

18 more years of this

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