The people behind the recent illegal dumping of molasses and other waste have been ordered to stop immediately. And health officials have warned that those who fail to comply will face the courts for their transgressions.
The issue was brought to light after Barbados TODAY reported in July on an unsightly scene of refuse including coconut shells, used tyres, the skeletal remains of a butchered cow, burnt plastic bottles, withered shrubs, barrels bearing the names of persons who did not reside in the parish and rubble from construction sites in Bucks, St Thomas.
It exploded further last month when Barbados TODAY again discovered waste from the Elegant Hotel Group, Lanterns Mall and Sunbury Plantation, again at Bucks. It included freshly dumped chicken entrails and feathers, car tyres, coconut shells and discarded televisions. Quality Business Services was identified as the main culprit on that occasion.
Several other districts have since reported similar concerns, and today Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Kenneth George told reporters on the sidelines of a press briefing called by Minister of Health John Boyce to update the country on the Zika and H1N1 viruses, that those who have already been identified have been given ten days to stop the illegal dumping.
The CMO described the indiscriminate disposal of contaminated molasses at sites in St Stephens, Black Rock, St Michael; Harlington, St. Philip and Mount Wilton, St Thomas as totally unacceptable and warned that the Ministry would use the full force of the Nuisance Act to prosecute those who continue the illicit practice.
Dr George also promised that environmental health officers would be out in the field to ensure there was compliance with the orders, adding that the Town and Country Development Planning Office was also working with the Ministry of Health to address the illegal dumping issue.
Earlier during the press briefing Boyce warned that Government was taking strong measures to tackle illegal dumping. He did not elaborate.
Acting Deputy Chief Environmental Officer Francine Bascombe also revealed that health officials were trying to identify everyone behind the illegal dumping so they could discuss the best way to dispose of their waste. (EJ)