The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caretaker for the Constituency of Carriacou and Petit Martinique Tevin Andrews is claiming that the Dumfries Landfill on the sister isle of Carriacou has become a health hazard.
Andrews who was speaking at a public meeting of the NDC at Happy Hill, St. George’s last week Wednesday said the Landfill has now become a breeding site for mosquitoes, rodents and other pests because of the poor disposal of waste material.
The NDC Caretaker also said animals including goats, sheep, cows, donkeys and pigs from the nearby farms in Carriacou come onto the landfill that is not properly secured and eat the toxic waste material that are dumped there.
He spoke of contacting the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA) about the problem and was informed that government owes the Authority over $18M in levies for waste material that has been collected on their behalf.
He said because GSWMA is owed that huge sum of money, the Authority does not have the resources to properly dispose the waste material, and to secure the landfill from the roaming animals.
Andrews called on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in his capacity as Minister of Finance to provide the necessary resources to the Solid Waste body.
“Dr. Mitchell, the people of Carriacou and Petit Martinique… we deserve better than that, it is time that you ensure that our health situation is looked after, and our landfill is looked after,” he said.
When contacted by The New Today Newspaper to comment on the situation at the Dumfries Landfill, GSWMA Operations Manager Lendon Bullen said, “I prefer not to comment, thank you.”
Dumfries is earmarked as the site for the relocation of the airport in Carriacou, and also a housing scheme to be financed by the People’s Republic of China.