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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 – Minister for Planning and Physical Development, Honourable Ignatius Jean, says historically waste management in Saint Lucia has been plagued by many problems including the identification of suitable waste disposal and waste management sites. The Minister made those remarks at the opening of the Deglos Sanitary Landfill on Monday.

The Minister referred to several pre-requisites which had to be met when making the site selection, adding that the delivery of the new site is a reality because government recognises the inescapable link between sustainable development, the protection of the environment and the maintenance of human health.

An appeal was made by Manager of the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, Geraldine Lendor, encouraging the public to support the committed work being done by the board and staff of the organisation. “The success of our efforts can only be realised if every Saint Lucian and visitor alike, play their role. It is for this reason that we constantly review our public education programme strategies, to ensure that we reach our target audience,” Miss Lendor said.

The Deglos Landfill is situated between the Deglos junction to the south and the village of Trois Piton to the north. The landfill is designed to accept industrial, green, commercial, household, institutional and hazardous health care wastes.

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