In the Caribbean the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) is using small scale funding Assistance (SSFA) from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a strategy for solid waste management.
The authority said that as part of the process a consultant has been contracted to undertake the development of the Strategy which will serve to guide the work of the SLSWMA during the next 10 years.
Over the course of this week Karen Luken of Economic Environmental Solutions International, LLC (ESSI) along with the staff from the SLSWMA are seeking the input of a broad base of stakeholders and concerned citizens towards the development of the strategy.
The process also involves a series of focus group discussions targeting solid waste recyclers, constituency councils, waste haulers, legal representatives, technical staff of the SLSWMA as well as former general managers of the Authority.
The authority said that input from stakeholders, concerned citizens and groups is important to the process to ensure that the eventual output is acceptable to the Government and people of Saint Lucia and contributes to an overall improvement to solid waste management on the island.
In 2013/14 the island disposed of around 75,000 tonnes of waste, including approximately 34,000 tonnes of residential waste, 10,500 tonnes of commercial waste, 6500 tonnes of hotel waste and 6000 tonnes of green waste.
While the total quantity of waste generated dropped to around 71,500 tonnes the following year operations at the landfills were affected by the unreliability of the aging
fleet of the heavy equipment owned and operated by the Authority.
This is said to be particularly so with the Deglos Sanitary Landfill which has been operating for the most part of the fiscal period with only one excavator which cannot adequately deal with the volume of waste and also cannot provide the necessary level of compaction that is required.
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