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Change in Operational Hours of Waste Disposal Facilities

The SLSWMA wishes to inform the public that effective Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 the Deglos Sanitary Landfill and Vieux Fort Waste Disposal Facility will operate from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and will remain closed on Sundays.

These changes will remain in effect until further notice. Individuals wishing to access the facilities are asked to adhere to the aforementioned time frames.

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Press Release

Resumption of Solid Waste Collection Service

In light of the announcement of the ALL-CLEAR by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) informs the public that garbage collection service will resume from Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The Authority encourages the public to place waste out only on the scheduled collection day for their respective communities.
Deglos Sanitary Landfill and Vieux-Fort Solid Waste Management Facility will however reopen to the public from 12:30 p.m. Users of the disposal facilities are asked to exercise caution and to follow instructions given by site staff given the wet conditions at this time.
Residents who missed the Tuesday collection due to the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian are informed that the service will resume on the next collection day for the community. The Authority urges affected residents to continue to store waste on their premises until then.
Continue to communicate with the SLSWMA through the following:
WhatsApp: 724-5544 or 285-2762
Telephone: 453-2208 or 450-7070
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slswma
Twitter handle: @758sluswma

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Press Release

Suspension of Garbage Collection Service Due to Tropical Storm Dorian

The Authority, as notified by the 36-hour storm warning from NEMO would like to inform the public that there will be no garbage collection from Tuesday, August 27, 2019 due to the impending storm. Deglos Sanitary Landfill and Vieux-Fort Solid Waste Management Facility will also remain closed.
All residents are encouraged to contain and store all solid waste on their premises and to avoid placing waste out for collection until further notice. Also look out/listen for updates with respect to the resumption of the garbage collection service.
The Authority can be reached through the following:
WhatsApp at 724-5544 or 285-2762
Telephone: 453-2208 or 450-7070.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slswma
Twitter handle: @ 758slswma

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Department of Sustainable Development encourages positive action to prevent pollution for World Oceans Day 2018

This month, Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Oceans Day. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more!For Saint Lucia, the ocean and coastal resources are significant, providing food, sustaining ecosystems and biodiversity, offering opportunities for trade, transport and communication, and supporting tourism and recreation. In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it is imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us. Minister for Sustainable Development, the Honourable Dr. Gale Rigobert supports this, echoing that “We must continue to promote the sustainable use of oceans resources, and to take advantage of the opportunities for the successful implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) which addresses ‘life below water’”. This will build on the national commitment to join the UNEP Clean Seas Campaign, and the previous commitment to tackle ocean pollution at the national level.”World Oceans Day, commemorated every year on June 8, is recognised by the United Nations as a day of celebration and action to protect the ocean. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community by highlighting the impacts of human actions on the ocean, with the hope of encouraging sustainable ocean management. This year, the theme for World Oceans Day is “Clean Our Ocean”, and a special effort is being made to stop plastic pollution. Worldwide, there is a movement to reduce the amount of waste produced, and to raise awareness on the steps that can be taken on an individual basis to effectively reduce waste. This can translate into encouraging commitments to protect and sustainably manage our marine and coastal resources, in keeping with sustainable development principles and the aim of conserving for future generations. Our ocean has a great wealth of resources and supports diverse kinds of life, but it’s in trouble!! There are important, easy actions each of us can take to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean. Start with some of these: Educate yourself about Oceans and Marine Life – the more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health. Share that knowledge to educate and inspire others. Use less plastic. Avoid the use of plastic bags and any unnecessary plastic packaging. Plastic marine debris is severely threatening the health of all marine life! Start by carrying a reusable water bottle, using a reusable shopping bag, avoiding single-use plastic products, and reusing disposable food containers to store other food and household items. Dispose of waste properly – Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities. Most waste thrown inland eventually makes its way to the sea. Rivers and seas are not dumpsites for things you no longer need, like old appliances and furniture. Properly dispose of cigarette butts, the top item collected at International Coastal Cleanup drives globally. Take care of the beach – clean up after yourself and participate in beach cleanup activities. Pick up trash whenever you see it. Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. Reduce toxic household pollutants – Everything you put down the drain, into your washing machine, and on your lawn could eventually end up in the ocean. Try using natural products such as plain soap, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice when cleaning outside and inside your home. Don’t encourage targeted exploitation of marine organisms by purchasing items that use marine life (for example, coral jewellery, tortoiseshell accessories, shark products, etc.) Support organisations working to protect the ocean by volunteering or giving financial aid. Consume more invasive species such as lionfish that cause imbalances in the ecosystem Engage in responsible cleanup of Sargassum seaweed by not using equipment that damages protective beach habitat and organisms therein (sea turtle eggs, crabs)Sustainable Development and Environment DivisionJune 1, 2018

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