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Police drone footage of fire at original landfill dump site

POND ISLAND - Once again, the original dump site at the landfill on Pond Island is on fire. The Fire Department was hard at work on containing the fire at the dump on Pond Island which erupted during the late evening hours of Tuesday, August 7th, ...

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Dear Reader

The. Dump. Is. On. Fire!

People, we have problem. A national problem. A problem each and every one of us ought to take ownership of.

Where to start?

Let's start with garbage.

We have a garbage problem.

Ten of thousands of dollars have been spent on research, plans and projects by successive governments, private citizens, businessmen, government leaders, commissioners, ministers and construction companies. All looked into possible solutions for the garbage collection, recycling, disposal and waste management. To no avail.

We never solved our garbage disposal problem except to dump everything - literally everything - together on one big pile of heap in the middle of our pond and turn it into what is today a giant burning mound of garbage, smoldering, smoking and once again, like tonight, blazing afire.

The pond - a natural catchment for water runoff - has been turned from what could have been a national monument of mangroves, a natural source of all kinds of fresh fish and crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish and shrimps, into a pool of putrid, polluted, chemically infested toxic environment where only the most hardened creatures and mutated insects can survive.

The only reason the dump has not (yet) exploded into a giant volcanic eruption is because the built-up methane underground manages to bleed off due to improper covering up of the garbage dumped and covered with dirt, sand, gravel and rubble over the years.

There has been many solutions proposed going back as far as the early 1990's. That is now almost 30 years ago. 30 years and not one solution implemented yet. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

It is understood the Island Council back in the day implemented legislation to have garbage fees collected via NV GEBE's electricity and water bills as a part of its concession. That has never been implemented as far as we know. This money could have been used to finance a proper waste management infrastructure on the island, starting from right in the neighborhoods.

Community Councils would have been the perfect place to start in the community process of empowerment to kickstart recycling procedures by implementing garbage separation projects from right in the districts themselves, the source of all garbage creation on our island, starting in our homes itself.

There are now machines that can be placed in neighborhoods that can start the separation and treatment process of all kinds of garbage and waste, from bottles, plastics, cans, to food, vegetables and all kinds of organic wastes, to chemicals, metals, scraps, to even vehicles and tires.

What could not be recycled should have indeed ended up on the dump for a future solution.

Now everything is dumped on the landfill in Philipsburg and serve as a compost for creating methane that fuel the constant fires and blazes on the dump with toxic emissions and air pollutants as byproducts.

So what do we do?

We cannot continue this way. We cannot continue to close our doors and windows. We are all downwind at this stage.

The dump is slowly killing us, killing our people, killing our natural environment, killing our tourism product, killing our island.

What we can do now is call on our (political, business and community) leaders to come together and have a round-table conference and work out a public private partnership that has one goal and one goal only: to solve the dump and garbage issues once and for all.

You cannot solve one without the other. An integral and holistic approach needs to be taken.

Let's be clear.... We cannot solve the dump problem and the garbage issues without the involvement of Government (think VROMI, Finance, Education, etc.), government-owned companies (like GEBE, the Harbour, Airport, etc), the districts (think Cay Bay, Philipsburg, Point Blanche, etc.), semi-public entities (think Community Councils, NGOs, etc.) and the private sector (think the SHTA, Businesses (such as construction companies, garbage collection companies, trucking companies, cleaning companies, etc.), Hotels, you name it.

And last of all, Politicians.

That means you Theo Heyliger, you William Marlin, you Silveria Jacobs, you Sarah Wescot-Williams, you Frans Richardson, you Wycliffe Smith, and all other politicians, parliamentarians and government ministers. All of you need to be involved.

We are calling on all and every one of you to come to the table and discuss solutions, not the problems, but the ways to solve this problem, not who ought to get what, but what the people need to get. This problem is bigger than each of us individually. This problem is not about money. This problem - and the solution it entails - is about our national survival as an island, as a country and as a people.

What are you waiting for?

For another dump fire?

Well, it is burning again.

The. Dump. Is. On. Fire.

Time. For. A. Solution!

Terrance Rey
The Publisher


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