DSWMC Receives Over $100,000 Dollars from Swiss Consulate
The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation has received a major boost to improve waste management on the island.
A cheque of over EC$126,500 dollars was donated by the Swiss Consulate at a presentation ceremony held on Tuesday 23rd, February, 2015.
The funds were sourced through the help of the Dominica Red Cross.
Director of the Dominica Red Cross, Kathleen Pinard-Byrne said, “The total value of the amount collected from the Swiss Council was us$57,000 dollars. The cheque here is for a EC$126,500 dollars to pay to Astaphans for a duty-free truck. In addition we had contributed EC$25,000 dollars which was met by the Swiss council in order to establish the pet shredder.”
Some of the funds will also go towards educational programmes at schools and other activities.
Meantime, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation says the new equipment to shred bottles will enhance the collection of recyclable materials in Dominica.
General Manager, Florian Mitchel made the remarks at the handing over of a cheque of EC$126,500 dollars which will go towards the purchase of a truck that will be retrofitted with the equipment.
A project proposal was submitted to the Consulate from the Dominica Red Cross and today is the manifestation of that vision which we realise is the procurement of a flat bed truck that will be specifically retrofitted to receive plastics, cans and tins and glass bottles.
“On behalf of the Dominica solid Waste Management Corporation, I would like to say special thanks to the Swiss Consulate and the Dominica Red Cross for this generous contribution which will enhance the collection of recyclable material on the island and further strengthen our effort in implementing a comprehensive waste separation system. This will help us to separate the material coming to the land field. Why should we put garbage in the land field when we could recover that material? The vehicle will be specifically retrofitted so that the material collected will be further separated and prepared for exportation,” he said.