The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has formulated a composting technical committee with the aim of controlling wastes on the streets of the country.
In recent years, the state of Antigua and Barbuda has residents baffled as they observe the wanton disposal of wastes on the streets daily; however, in an effort to stem this tide and redirect organic wastes and biodegradable material from the sanitary landfill, Solid Waste has devised a plan to address it.
According to a media statement, this committee will create the framework for commercial composting; the nine members represent key agencies inclusive of National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG), Central Board of Health (CBH), Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Environment.
According to the release, vegetative wastes is being collected from the business district in St. John’s, weekly, which is sufficient to generate a good quantity of compost. Composting these wastes, the solid waste says, will reduce the amount of organic wastes and bio-degradable materials being sent to the landfill.
A plan is also being developed to collect food scraps from the various business places in an effort to speed up the composting process. The composting of organic waste will also be used to aid greatly in controlling vermin, pests and animals which frequent all disposal sites.
Business Development Officer at the National Solid Waste, Jennifer Joseph who also heads the committee said that there is a planned pilot programme to determine the percentage of organic waste being produced in St. John’s.
The committee said that the aerobic method of composting will be utilized during the initial phase.
Joseph called residents to play their part and join the beautification efforts to recapture the beauty of this paradise.