first_img Share 30 Views   2 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Littering becoming an epidemic in Dominica – health official by: – March 14, 2012center_img Share Share One health official has expressed concern over what he describes as a growing epidemic of littering on the island.Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland told the Rotary Club’s launching of an environmental project to reclaim the nature island on Tuesday that littering is becoming uncontrollable.The ministry of health has been training authorizing officers who are empowered under the Litter Act to penalize persons found littering.Scotland reported that by the end of this financial year in June, authorizing officers in the north, south, east and Roseau catchment area would have been trained.These authorizing officers he explained include police officers, forestry officers, environmental officers, road superintendents, village council clerks and chairmen. Anthony Scotland.“We want to bring that cadre of officers on speed as to what are the procedures that we want to go about enforcing that litter act. What we are seeing is that the component of education, service and enforcement must come together as one if we have to really holistically make a dent in the management of litter around Dominica”.Scotland stated; “we are generating too much plastic,” noting that plastic makes up about 20% of the waste stream on the island.This he said will affect the “aesthetics of the environment” as Dominica is being promoted as a nature island.“We try to promote an environment that is clean and pristine and what we are seeing as we drive around is all your roadways are littered, your beaches are littered, your vacant lots are littered, your river banks are littered and we cannot be promoting Dominica as a nature island”.He posited that the strategy moving forward might be to determine how that amount of waste can be reduced.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more