Improper garbage disposal wreaks havoc
Although most of the drains in and around Port Antonio have undergone extensive cleaning, concerns have been raised about the amount of plastic bottles and styrofoam boxes being dumped in drains, rivers, and gullies.
The concerns have now intensified, especially with advent of frequent rainfalls in the latter stage of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is still seemingly active.
"We are really confused at the Portland Parish Council as, irrespective of our public-education efforts, residents have failed to adhere to proper garbage-disposal practices," commented Dexter Rowland, councillor for the Port Antonio Division.
Rowland, who has spearheaded a number of clean-up exercises in the past, was passionate about the need for residents to desist from dumping garbage in rivers and drains. He has admitted that it is rather frustrating for them and the National Solid Waste Management Authority, who are mandated to remove waste islandwide.
"When the drains are clogged, it results in the flooding of roadways and homes. It is a simple exercise for all of us to follow by doing what is right. Dispose your garbage properly. Dumping garbage in the gullies will result in a pile-up of waste along the seashore, which is hazardous to our health. It is rather frightening as, in the event that a hurricane comes, drains will be blocked and river will overflow their banks, causing devastation," he added.
Hurricane Matthew, at category four, is expected to affect Jamaica beginning as early as today.