Some J’cans too nasty

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

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 for­tis-for­ever@hot­

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