Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA)
ESTABLISHEMENT OF THE GRENADA SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY:
An outcome of the OECS Solid and Ship-Generated Waste Management Project was the establishment of Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA). Act No.11 of 1995 and amended by Act No.30 of 1995 which constituted the Authority. The Act provides the mandate through which the Authority can assume the responsibility for solid waste collection and disposal. However, the regulatory and enforcement functions for solid waste management remains with the Ministry of Health. In an effort to carry out its function, the Authority adopted as it Motto 'Striving for a Cleaner and Healthier Environment'. With their mission being 'To improve the Quality of life of the Grenadian public and the protection and enhancement of the environment through the provision of effective management and an efficient, reliable and acceptable solid waste service.
Two new landfills were constructed and became operational in February 2001. The two new landfills replaced the three open dumpsites (Telescope, Perseverance and Dumfries, Carriacou). These sites were closed and rehabilitated.At Perseverance waste collection vehicles are now weighted to determine the quantity of waste. Also the waste is categorized according to it origin (domestic, institutional, commercial etc.).
PUBLIC RELATION/EDUCATION GSWMA:
The Authority established a public relation division with the employment of one officer. Currently, the Authority carryout daily radio programmes informing the public about the collection service and offers tips on good solid waste management practices. Activities are also undertaken with school and civic organizations.There has been community participation in various promotional programmes undertaken.See more