U killing mi here………We must now spend money to educate people on how to be clean? We are now repeating the same jargon just flipped, tossed and churned out differently by whichever government is in power. The only solid point to this solid waste catastrophe is ‘enforcement’.
Wi nuh enforce nutten in disya country full stop becaas wi nuh waan upset di voters……………I waan tell u summen wen garbage truck nuh reach a u yard an u live uptown, u fi si nastiness. The people do not need any more education on being clean. You need to take solid action, resulting in fines. Whether you guilty or not, the good is going to suffer for the bad, from street to street, lane to lane, tenement yard to tenement yard. The saying, ‘be your brothers keepers’. Well if your neighbour next door fling rubbish outta door, both of you will receive a fine full stop. Tell mi sey dat nah go caas a healthy war to ensure cleanliness outside? Open up the courts for petty claims and collect well needed revenue from that end.
No man………………..what do we do instead………………..find ways and means to let the nasty indiscipline wasters get off scotch free. Just like what we witnessed with the traffic ticket amnesty. Mek mi or u get one ticket an nuh go pay it. We caan sleep to rawtid di way wi a fret. Yet still u have a set a people wey rack up tickets in the thousands and at last call, boom dem get a saviour from di said politician wey a chat from both side a dem mouth corner.
Deh a fareign one time and mi a trow out some tings. Mek a mistake wen mi wake up a marning and a look for di shoes wey mi did buy. Find one foot an a look fi di other. Wen mi start fi rock mi brain, mi seh kiss mi grannie it look like sey mi dash it out wid di rest a sinting dem. Suh mi sey to mi fren, ‘let me check the stuff I put out, and see if the other foot is in there’. To my shock, distress and disbelief…………’oh, that garbage is gone’……………’gone where, I put it out last night, it is now 8.00am what are you talking about’?……..’listen up here the garbage is collected from 6.00am we have to order back the shoes, don’t worry’………………’wha don’t worry how oono can collect garbage suh early a marning, no man dis is madness, mi waan back mi one foot a shoes’…..
So, what do we have here in Jamroc? When has this nastiness evolved? With growth we have certainly regressed in areas that should be 1, 2, and 3 in priorities. I have news for you. You cannot teach, or train grown ass folks how to be clean. What you can do is to enforce the rule of law aggressively when ‘nastiness’ becomes a public nuisance resulting in public health risk.
a) Ban all tings plastic. If dem nuh ave nuh plastic fi buy, dem cannot fling outta door which in turn causes flooding.
b) Fine dem J$10,000.00 for garbage outside a dem yard space or in the nearest gully to dem. Lock stock an barrel ago pay di fine since oono ears hard. If u nuh ave nuh money, tek dem across di Island mek dem clean out every gully, street etc wey garbage a pop out fi 5 days at di crack a dawn. Wi people fraid a sun, suh mek dem wok ina di sun a pick up di said nastiness fi minimum 4hrs. If that is a not a deterrent then continue doing what you are doing with the said results.
c) Garbage truck mus come every morning by 6.00am, Mon-Sat. Try go look how the garbage truck dem and driver attire a fareign an copy dat down yah. Demdeh filthy truck wey garbage a hangout of mus become a ting a di past.
We have mansions pon di Island, jets and Rolls Royce, yet di garbage truck dem and workers look di wus fi di wear. NSWMA take some pride in your mandate and ensure your team and outfit is of quality. Not because you are collecting garbage means the workers must work with less than either in the choice of transportation or attire. Government workers must be adorned in uniform with the relevant entity branded on their shirts.
d) When it comes to finance, government certainly knows how to find money when they choose what they wish to pump it into.
Until you change the law as you are doing in matters of garbage disposal, solid waste and inflict monetary fines that will hurt, not one striking thing will change. Save well thinking Jamaicans the time with your gripes. Everything we do has become a ‘culture’. The truth and fact is we have fat cats in governance from Independence until now whose only concern is to do 30% of the work and spend the next 70% plotting how to stay in power at the expense of the majority who really care about this land.
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Ja being hurt by ‘a culture of nastiness’ – NSWMA boss
(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | December 31, 2017 |16 Comments
Executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is calling for a number of measures to be put in place to break what he describes as “a culture of nastiness” across the island.
“For us to do a good job cleaning the country, we have to have the support of the public at every level,” Gordon told The Sunday Gleaner.
“It has to be a collective arrangement where people buy into the concept and play their part at the community level to keep Jamaica clean,” added Gordon, as he bemoaned the fact that so many Jamaicans dump their garbage anywhere.
He charged that when it comes to the management of solid waste in Jamaica, many of the international best practices have been disregarded.
According to the NSWMA head, one of the practices that he would like to see utilised immediately is the placing of garbage in containers, with regulations put in place to force both businesses and residents to comply.
“So the argument of containerisation is a big argument that I want to be part of the dialogue as we go forward and look at better solid waste management. Most of the problem that we have is garbage scattered; people just throw out their garbage and we (NSWMA) have to come and pick it up,” said Gordon.
He noted that when garbage is improperly disposed of it is not only unsightly but can lead to the outbreak of diseases, and is also economically disadvantageous to the NSWMA, as more time and resources have to be invested in clearing up the mess.
The NSWMA head’s call has been endorsed by deputy CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley, who is set to take over from Diana McCaulay as head of the organisation tomorrow.
But Stanley argued that while there is a need for more regulations surrounding the disposal of garbage, it will take more to address the issue.
“It is not just regulations, it is enforcement. Jamaica has a lot of legislation as it relates to garbage and litter, but what we really lack is the enforcement, as with many of our laws and regulations,” said Stanley.
“Our message, first and foremost, is bag it and bin it. Reduce, reuse, recycle, where the facility exists to compost. But we acknowledge that there are going to be some components of your garbage that none of the aforementioned apply to, as our waste stream has evolved and it has become non-biodegradable, so it is obviously causing more of a problem in our environment,” said Stanley.
She added that public education is another area where more effort is needed, as too many Jamaicans do not care what happens to their garbage once it is out of their sight.
“I think there is a culture of carelessness and a feeling that once I have discarded the garbage, or I no longer have use for something, it is no longer my responsibility; it is someone else’s responsibility.
“Their yard should be clean, but the street is somebody else’s responsibility, and I think that is what we really need to get across in Jamaica, that our garbage is our responsibility,” added Stanley.
In the past, several public education campaigns on the proper disposal of garbage have been implemented, but Gordon expressed disappointment that these were never sustained.
“We must get all the different voices pronouncing on better solid waste management practices,” said Gordon.
“We must get the better solid waste management conversation going in the schools, churches, youth clubs, citizens’ association meetings, PTA (parent-teacher association) meetings, and political leaders have to make it a priority.
“We have to make it a priority because the health of the people can be severely compromised if we don’t have quality solid waste management practices,” added the NSWMA head.