Indiscriminate and illegal dumping are raising concerns with residents at multiple locations including an overflowing bin located between the shanty towns of the Mudd and Pigeon Pea and household garbage dumped in the pine forest just hundreds of feet from the landfill.
Marsh Harbour Town Committee Chairman, Yvonne Key, said the Committee is relocating the two bins located on Charles Sawyer Drive to the old Marsh Harbour Softball field to hopefully alleviate the overflow. Each bin will be emptied twice a week.
She said there is also an issue with residents in area that receive garbage collection services that still carry garbage, debris and appliances and dump them in the bin outside the Mudd. She asks persons doing so to dispose of their garbage at the Central Abaco Landfill.
Committee member Danny Sawyer recently discovered an old trail just a few hundred feet away from the entrance to the entrance to the Landfill lined on both sides of the path with garbage, including some used appliances.
Recently, Minister of the Environment and Housing Ken Dorsett met with Department of Environmental Health Staff and visited transfer stations and the landfill on Abaco. His purpose was to assess and ensure the investment in the island’s waste management is properly managed and utilized.
He also said that “We’re going to be cleaning those up, putting bins onsite, to ensure that widespread, indiscriminate dumping that takes place does not continue, and I am hoping, now that we are in a mid-term budget and we’ll be planning for the next fiscal year, that we’ll be able to allocate the necessary resources so that all of those facilities are properly manned and that there is a proper plan with respect to how we manage the waste.”
In the meantime waste management and illegal and indiscriminate dumping have grown to be a more vexing issue and an embarrassment to many residents.