Im­proper garbage dis­posal wreaks havoc in Port An­to­nio

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

AL­THOUGH MOST of the drains in and around Port An­to­nio have un­der­gone ex­ten­sive clean­ing, con­cerns have been raised about the amount of plas­tic bot­tles and sty­ro­foam boxes be­ing dumped in drains, rivers, and gul­lies.

The con­cerns have now in­ten­si­fied, es­pe­cially with ad­vent of fre­quent rain­falls in the lat­ter stage of the At­lantic hur­ri­cane sea­son, which is still seem­ingly ac­tive.

“We are re­ally con­fused at the Port­land Parish Coun­cil as, ir­re­spec­tive of our pub­lic-ed­u­ca­tion ef­forts, res­i­dents have failed to ad­here to proper garbagedis­posal prac­tices,” com­mented Dex­ter Row­land, coun­cil­lor for the Port An­to­nio Di­vi­sion.

Row­land, who has spear­headed a num­ber of clean-up ex­er­cises in the past, was pas­sion­ate about the need for res­i­dents to de­sist from dump­ing garbage in rivers and drains. He has ad­mit­ted that it is rather frus­trat­ing for them and the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, who are man­dated to re­move waste is­land­wide.

“When the drains are clogged, it re­sults in the flood­ing of road­ways and homes. It is a sim­ple ex­er­cise for all of us to fol­low by do­ing what is right. Dis­pose your garbage prop­erly. Dump­ing garbage in the gul­lies will re­sult in a pile-up of waste along the seashore, which is haz­ardous to our health. It is rather fright­en­ing as, in the event that a hur­ri­cane comes, drains will be blocked and river will over­flow their banks, caus­ing dev­as­ta­tion,” he added.

Hur­ri­cane Matthew, at cat­e­gory four, is ex­pected to af­fect Ja­maica be­gin­ning as early as to­day.

A drain at Bound­brook, which is lit­tered with plas­tic bot­tles.

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