He said the recurring blaze brings to light the underlying disregard for the citizens of Montego Bay through the mismanagement of the facility by the authorities in implementing a proper spatial and the city development plan.
“A lot of resources have been spent to market and improve the city as a tourism capital, in terms of accommodation, service and amenities, but the social and infrastructural needs of the residents who service the industry have been neglected. Businesses and households produce solid waste, and if not recycled or disposed of properly, would pose a huge threat to people and the environment,” Dr Haughton said.
Dr Haughton has written to the constituents of west central St James seeking their buy-in to the idea of recycling as a possible solution to the ongoing situation.
“We are aware of a fire at the Retirement dump that is affecting the health and wellbeing of residents, and is reducing business opportunities within the environs. We want everyone to take the necessary precaution to protect themselves and their families from the hazardous toxic fumes that are being emitted into the environment,” Dr Haughton told constituents.
He said the way forward is for all citizens and businesses to promote and inculcate a recycling habit and for the governing authorities to build out the supporting infrastructure to facilitate the new approach.
“A plan of action should be in place to facilitate the reuse of waste in a more sustainable manner, so that we can maintain and uplift the beautiful city of Montego Bay,” he said.
In the interim, Dr Haughton said, Western Parks and Markets has given the assurance that they are working towards a solution which will see residents resuming their normal schedules within the short-term.
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