China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) joined efforts with Abaco officials to clean up the Wood Cay dumpsite in North Abaco — a move that helped contain costs for a task long overdue.
Complaints were yet again received by The Abaconian on the excessive leakage of oil at the Central Abaco Landfill as pools of oil are forming on a section of the site near Snake Cay.
Cherokee residents have been promised a “new dump” year after year.
A lack of safeguards protecting sensitive areas from environmental hazards at the Central Abaco Landfill has a number of residents concerned with the prevalence of used oil barrels spilling their contents.
The Central Abaco Landfill has been the focus of numerous complaints in recent weeks as there have been delays in issuing a new contract after Central Government took responsibility for its maintenance away from Local Government as of July 1. Beginning July 1 the Department of Environmental Health took over responsibility for the landfill; however, there was not contract yet in place for the maintenance of the site.
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.
A common view at the Central Abaco Landfill is seeing the area designated for construction and industrial debris burning. November was no exception, as residents as far away as Lubbers and Tilloo were affected by clouds of smoke. The fires are often blamed on scrap-metallers who sneak in the back of the dump and set fire to appliances in order to retrieve copper. Presently the contract for the maintenance and management of the landfill is on hold as the Central Abaco District Council awaits word from Central Government on who will oversee future contracts.