New Am­s­ter­dam solid waste dump in hor­ren­dous state

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS... -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I would like to com­ment on the un­healthy state of af­fairs as it re­lates to solid waste man­age­ment in the town of New Am­s­ter­dam. The cur­rent solid waste dump site which is in the north­ern end of the town next to the Forbes Burn­ham Play­ground can now be con­sid­ered an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter of colos­sal pro­por­tions. It is now filled with moun­tains of refuse stand­ing over six feet in height.

The heavy rain­fall has re­sulted in a large patch of swamp wa­ter which has be­come a breed­ing ground for mos­qui­toes. The stench em­a­nat­ing from this lo­ca­tion along with the large vol­ume of flies cre­ates lots of dis­com­fort for ci­ti­zens travers­ing this area. It is also a na­tional trav­esty that a play park named after a for­mer pres­i­dent of this coun­try is sur­rounded by moun­tains of trash and suf­fer­ing from in­fras­truc­tural ne­glect.

I urge the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter, the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Health and se­nior per­son­nel from the EPA to visit this site and ex­pe­ri­ence the mod­ern-day squalor that has be­come part of the land­scape of the town. I would sug­gest that the above­men­tioned state and reg­u­la­tory agen­cies meet ur­gently with the Re­gion 6 RDC and the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil and iden­tify a new site after which the con­struc­tion of a mod­ern land­fill fa­cil­ity will com­mence. The EPA will be the lead agency in pro­vid­ing the tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion that matches in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice for such fa­cil­i­ties. I plead with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to act quickly and avert a po­ten­tial health cri­sis in the town of New Am­s­ter­dam.

Yours faith­fully, Michael Baird Jr.

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