The days of landfills are numbered as the old method of disposing of refuse is no longer sustainable, according to Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss.
Inniss expressed this view today in the House of Assembly while speaking on a resolution to compulsorily acquire 27.1 acres of land at Vaucluse, St Thomas for the public purpose of implementing and executing the Sanitation Service Authority’s (SSA) green energy programme.
Inniss argued that landfills are costly, pose environmental challenges and depreciate the value of properties located near them.
He said the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration had begun to move away from the policy of waste management and had embarked on a programme to generate energy from waste instead of creating landfills across the country.
“Landfills are not sustainable in our context . . . We can no longer adopt and maintain a policy of simply generating whatever garbage we want to generate, thinking it is somebody else’s business and that garbage can be dumped on a landfill somewhere.
“It presents problems to our water supply; the evidence is there. We do not need to bury our heads in the sand about it anymore. There are also environmental challenges; there are occasional burning of the dumps and the public health risks attendant to it as well. There is also the effect landfills have on the value of properties in the environs. Financially, landfills are not sustainable. We are probably spending $40 million a year on solid waste management programmes in this country,” the minister contended.
The St James South MP recommended that additional resources be placed at the disposal of educators to help teach proper environmental practices. He made reference to a programme at the West Terrace Primary School where students under the age of eleven are exposed to recycling and taught the dangers of generating excessive garbage. (NC)