Some J’cans too nasty
THE EDITOR, Sir: THERE ARE currently many advertisements, literature and other awareness programmes with regard to the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign. Can littering be contained?
I distinctly believe recycling can rescue Jamaica from the disaster of littering and the blocking of drains and waterways. Items such as polyurethane bags (scandal bags), glass bottles, paper and cardboard boxes can be recycled or reused, creating employment and well-being for many persons. The Riverton City dump would be less impacted if of tyres, metals, glass bottles and plastic bags were separated for recycling methods. Most companies would spend less on production if recycling methods were introduced.
Those persons who cry foul on prime time about flooding in central and residential areas oftentimes are those who dispose of stoves, fridges and other household items in gullies and drains, Even items as small as condoms pose a risk.
The flooding of Marcus Garvey Drive, Port Maria and Montego Bay proves that inappropriate disposable methods can be disastrous. I applaud Desmond McKenzie on deliberating for a new set of stringent laws to deter public littering of waste of all kinds. Most times, a slap on the wrist is awarded, by a small fine, to negligent persons in the courts, or perhaps three months in prison.
It is utter disgrace to witness persons like bus drivers and conductors urinate around the perimeter of the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston. Urine now stains the walkway around the park, and a strong stench hangs over it. In many countries, offenders are tried and locked away for a considerable period.
What appalls me is that there are restrooms inside the park, and they are well kept by wardens who daily clean the facilities with any donation of a small fee for the purchasing of cleaning agents, but negligent, nasty and undisciplined persons utilise the perimeter wall.
How long will these wayward practices continue? DELROY LAWRENCE email@example.com