BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –-An eight-week National Clean-Up Campaign organized by the Solid Waste Management Corp. (SWMC) is being launched today, according to Minister of Health, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton.
The goal of the campaign is to remove accumulated trash and debris. It will cover all communities throughout the island of St. Kitts commencing from Sandy Point to Central Basseterre.
The SWMC board of directors spearheaded the campaign by lifting the cost to dispose of derelict vehicles and parts at the landfill site from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
The minister said the objectives of the National Clean-Up Campaign are to create a cleaner environment for public health, build stronger community relations, instil greater national and community spirit, and maintain beautiful spaces in public facilities.
“I take this opportunity to applaud the board of directors and management of the Solid Waste Management Corporation for their leadership in spearheading this important campaign that will derive great benefits to our people and for our nation,” Minister Hamilton said.
“All of this effort, ties in beautifully with our independence theme for this year, which is Love, Service, Patriotism and Pride–Independence 35,” he noted.
“As we celebrate the achievements of our nation’s independence, I am reminded of the opening words of our National Anthem, which simply state, “O Land of Beauty,” the minister said. “Any visitor and certainly any resident of this country would have no doubt, that our two islands of paradise are indeed blessed with the finest qualities of natural beauty.”
Hamilton suggested residents should take pride in keeping the country clean. He voiced concerns about the cleanliness of Basseterre, surrounding communities and public spaces around the island and attributed the problem to illegal dumping or trash and garbage.
The minister explained there have been reports of increased illegal dumping on empty lands and in ghauts that ultimately create challenges in times of flooding.
“Over the years, we have all seen how our towns, villages and our own residential spaces, suffered from indiscriminate dumping and accumulation of garbage,” Hamilton concluded. “As individuals, without thinking and without care, we have been known to deposit litter on our streets resulting in our drains becoming clogged.”