Derelict vehicles a concern for the Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has expressed concern about the number of derelict vehicles littering the streets of Saint Lucia.

Assistant Chief Environmental Health Officer, Parker Ragnanan, noted the ministry’s concern while observing that the proper management of solid waste will both reduce the breeding sites for vectors, as well as improve the aesthetics of the island.

Ragnanan disclosed that the Environmental Health Department of  Ministry of Health and the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA), plan to adopt a common approach towards removing the vehicles.

Representatives of the the department and the SLSWMA met recently to discuss the way forward.

“We also realize that these vehicles pose a challenge in terms of harborage. They collect water and we find vectors are being housed and there is a proliferation of vectors as a result of the harborage that is being created by these vehicles,” Ragnanan observed.

 SLSWMA General Manager, Justin Sealy,  said the lack of adherence by individuals to the garbage collection schedules forms a major component of the solid waste problem.

“Persons end up putting out garbage after the truck has passed and don’t put it out properly and it gets in the water ways and becomes a nuisance. So we’re asking people to be better at their disposal practices,” he stated.

Sealy noted that some truckers hired to dispose garbage at the landfill are among the major contributors to the solid waste problem, as they at times  engage in indiscriminate disposal of the garbage.

“The person who does the illegal dumping actually does it close to the house of the person who hires them to do it, so it actually comes back to be a problem to you as well,” the SLSWMA official declared.

Under the Waste Management Act, No. 8 of 2004, any person who commits an offence under the act or any regulations made under it for which no penalty is specified, shall be liable on the first conviction to a fine not exceeding $75,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year.

4 Comments

  1. Jay
    June 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Does Saint Lucia have a salvage yard for the disposal of damage or beyond repair vehicles?

  2. PJ
    June 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    get the engine code and track it back to owner so they can be prosecuted

  3. Lucian
    June 20, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    What does the government do with the environmental levy imposed on imported second hand vehicles?

    1. Vibz
      June 21, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Very good question, Lucian? For everything else hut the environment. The government is so dysfunctional. Hardly does anything to lift people’s battered spirits.

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