The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) has halted all garbage disposal activities at the Vieux Fort Landfill, it has been announced.
A release issued on behalf of the authority said the halt was in effect as of October 1, 2019.
According to the release, a process of covering has commenced where various layers of soil are being spread across the landfill in an effort to start the capping and decommissioning process.
It explained that to ensure minimum disruptions to the general public, refuse collection days and times will remain the same from Dennery South through to Soufriere.
All household and commercial waste will be trucked to a specialized building on the existing Vieux Fort landfill location, the release stated.
It noted that the waste is then transferred into 45-foot, walk in floor containers and transported to the Deglos landfill.
“All material that would normally come to the landfill will be received and transported to Desglos at no cost to the businesses or the residents,” says SLSWMA Deputy General Manager, Laurianus Lesfloris.
However he explained that normally there are special waste considerations which would attract a fee for disposal when the Vieux Fort landfill was in operation.
Lesfloris said that includes confidential documents, condemned foods, disposal of pharmaceuticals and mildly hazardous waste.
He declared that there are no cost implications for the business community, but explained that there are restrictions on the materials and quantities that will be accepted.
“We also do not take quantities in excess of 30 cubic yards of construction and demolition waste,” the SLSWMA official stated.
It was explained that this is the first phase towards a landfill free Saint Lucia by 2030.
“Phase two which is expected to commence in February 2020 involves the introduction of pyrolysis units specially designed for the disintegration of waste much closer to the various collection points,” according to the SLSWMA release.