Residents of White Rock, Grande Riviere, engaged in garbage collection in their community Wednesday, explaining that the garbage truck that usually does the collection has not passed around for a few days.
A Michel’s Electrical truck was used to transport the garbage.
“We take our neighbour’s truck and we loaded it and sent it to the landfill to keep the community clean,” one resident explained.
“So we are happy now that the community is very tidy and we are hoping the next time that if we have that problem the truck for the garbage will show up and clean up the place for us because I think we are paying our taxes for this thing,” the resident explained.
He said it was the first time that the members of the community have engaged in such a clean up exercise.
According to the resident, the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) garbage collection in the area has always been regular.
Explaining the reason for Wednesday’s clean up, the resident observed that the people in his area like to keep their community clean.
“This community – we care for each other. If we even see somebody going into someone’s yard without permission, we will take care of that. So the garbage is our problem,”he declared.
He urged other communities to follow the example of the White Rock residents, asserting that if people like their neighbourhood, they will keep it clean.
An official of the SLSWMA told St Lucia Times that garbage collection at Grande Riviere had been affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey last week and was due to resume this week.