More and More Rubbish in NevisWritten by Dianne Collins
While travelling through Upper Ramsbury, Nevis recently, I noticed an all too familiar sight: garbage bags, other miscellaneous items and a pile of clothes which had been dumped on the ground on vacant property. A few days later, as I passed by the same site, I noticed piles of leaves had been added to the heap of clothes and a microwave dumped some feet away. When I first gave a cursory glance at the piles of clothes, the ones on the surface appeared to be in fairly good condition. If all the clothes were in wearable condition couldn’t they have been taken to our local
Unfortunately this is not the only place where rubbish is being dumped. In the 20-26 April 2007 issue of the Leewards Times, I had published an article entitled “A load of Rubbish in Nevis”. Since that time nothing has changed, which is no surprise to me. We are always encouraged by the Government and the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society to look after our environment and to recycle and reuse things, but this message is being trashed by some people. It is sad that people have to be constantly reminded to protect our precious environment.
It appears that some people are so irresponsible that they refuse to put their rubbish in proper receptacles and dispose of other items appropriately. Instead they willfully choose to dump their waste illegally. Everyone should take notice that the Nevis Solid Waste Management Department gives advice for the proper disposal of trash including electrical and bulky items.
As we have become more materially prosperous, thus having more consumer goods, we have turned into a “throwaway society”. Decades ago when life was much harsher people would repair objects in order to lengthen their useful life. If we were living in a society with reduced circumstances people might not be so wasteful. Perhaps we have too much.
According to one of the most popular songs written by a local calysonian “Nevis Nice”. For heavens sake let us keep it that way! We have only one island of Nevis, let’s not turn it into a dumping ground!