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Friday, April 29, 2005 - The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority got help this week from a number of local agencies, in developing guidelines for the prevention and investigation of proper waste management practices on the island.

This was achieved through an inter-agency seminar which was held at the conference room of the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities. The Waste Management Act was used as the basis for the development of the strategies to improve the way the Authority investigates unacceptable waste management practices. The Act has been seen as a tool not only to be used by the Authority but by other agencies that works towards the protection of the environment.

“The reality is that waste management pervades all aspects of our lives, and we have recognized that as an agency our own efforts at enforcing our Act cannot be effectively achieved if we are not able to work effectively with the relevant agencies,” said Geraldine Lendor, who is General Manager of the Authority.

The successful implementation of the Waste Management Act requires a collaborative inter-agency approach complemented by the understanding of respective roles, to avoid duplication of efforts. Minister for Physical Development, Environment and Housing Honourable Fergusson John said this will also ensure the efficient implementation of the Act.

“I think the time has come for all of us to act together, to clean our communities and in the process enhance our quality of life and own sustainability. We must discourage litter on our streets and public places. We must stop the indiscriminate dumping of waste in open spaces in our communities. We must ensure that all stakeholders play their part by strictly complying with the provisions outlined in the Act,” Minister John said.

The Waste Management Act has dual functions – while it provides for the management of waste in best environmental practices, it also includes provisions for health and safety issues pertaining to waste management. The Environment Ministry has been working closely with the Ministry of Health for the proper and effective implementation of the Act.


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