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Draft solid waste management strategy unveiled for consultations

September 6, 2017

Solid waste continues to be a risk to Guyana and the Ministry of Communities is moving ahead with its solid waste management strategy to curb it. The Ministry unveiled its updated Draft Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy for discussions with various stakeholders, on Wednesday at Regency Hotel on Hadfield Street.

The updated strategy has three main components which are – sustainable waste reduction and management strategy, operational standard procedures and background information and analysis of Guyana’s solid waste sector.

Consultant, Samuel Wright said the team is working to equip all regions with draft solid waste management plans before the end of the year. The objectives of the updated strategy are; a cleaner environment, better public health protection and enhanced economic opportunity. Some of the goals include a cessation in littering and illegal dumping, increasing the numbers of stiff penalties and identifying and monitoring dumping hot spots among others.

Wright explained that the Integration Solid Waste Management Strategy was to be implemented after the enactment of the solid waste management draft bill which was developed in 2014 but was not approved by Cabinet.

“There is a space between Cabinet’s decision and the Ministry’s response which would come after consultations. But solid waste management is crucial and must be addressed now… we do have a 2017 – 2030 solid waste management strategy under the theme “Putting waste in its place” in Guyana, but there is progressive implementation of the strategy.

He emphasised the need for these consultations and urged persons to participate in expediting the application of the strategy.

Meanwhile, Head of the Sanitation Management Unit, e Ministry of Communities, Gordon Gilkes said improper solid

waste management is detrimental to human health and the environment. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the government to improve this policy which is relevant to crucial development priorities.

Gilkes explained that poor waste handling together with uncontrolled waste dumping can pollute water, attract rodents and insects, increase greenhouse gas and increase floods due to blocked drains.

“The strategy proposes an integrated approach to addressing the solid waste management crisis countywide. It is intended as a call to action and provides a road map for the institutional support, regulatory framework, appropriate technologies community awareness and involvement, financing, management indicators etcetera. That will aid in the integration of a sustainable waste management system towards a circular economy,” Gilkes explained.

Stakeholders attending included the Mayor and City Council, National Parks Commissions, Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana Tourism Authority, National Task Force-Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Puran Brothers, Central Housing and Planning Authority and among several others.

The Ministry has held over 30 consultations to date in all ten administrative regions and hopes to finalise the strategy before the end of 2017.

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur GINA/DPI

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As part of its effort to strengthen the solid waste disposal programme, the Ministry of Communities has signed a contract totaling $6.5M for hydrogeological and geotechnical investigation at proposed landfills in Region One (Mabaruma and Port Kaituma).

This was revealed on Tuesday at the Ministry’s boardroom, Kingston. The soil testing initiative which will be undertaken by E & A Consultants Ltd, is estimated to be completed in three months.

In brief remarks, Permanent Secretary (PS), Ministry of Communities, Emile Mc Garrel explained that the first stage is soil testing, to ascertain what are the soil parameters. This will be instrumental in the design of the sanitary landfill, and is a requirement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He noted that this initiative will also help to protect the groundwater.

“The approach to the sanitation initiative for the Ministry of Communities is not only to address infrastructure work or developing land facilities but importantly given our green development strategies… is to ensure that we have sustainable approaches to sanitation management,” Mc Garrel added.

It was highlighted that soil investigations will also be conducted at various proposed sites including in 14 Miles Bartica, Region Seven, Kara Kara, Linden, Region 10, Bon Success, Lethem, Region Nine, Red and White, Mahdia, Region Eight, Khan’s Hill, Region One, White Creek, Mabaruma, Region Two, Port Kaituma and Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast.

The dumpsites that are scheduled to be upgraded to landfills are located at Byderabo, Bartica, Rosehall, Lusignan and Haags Bosch.

The sites at Haags Bosch, Lusignan, Rosehall, Bartica and Mabaruma will also have an operation service. Mc Garrel stressed that it is the ministry’s intention to upgrade Haags Bosch to a demonstration site and determine other suitable locations for landfills in Regions Three, Five and Six.

The PS said that conditional approval has been given by the EPA for a proposed site at Khan’s Hill in Mabaruma and Sia/White Creek in Port Kaituma. He explained that it is prudent to have two separate sanitary landfill sites due to the terrain of the region and the areas selected to be used.

It was noted that the ministry is aware of the issues plaguing the sites in Corriverton and New Amsterdam and is investigating new landfill site locations.

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