Officials discuss plans to reduce debris at Cooks Landfill

A number of recommendations have been discussed on the best way forward to reduce the large quantity of debris at the Cooks landfill.

Philmore Mullin, director of the National Officer of Disaster Services (NODS), made the disclosure to OBSERVER media after holding a meeting with other disaster officials last week.

“The debris will have to be packaged and removed in some instances and shipped abroad while others will be processed and reused in the development process where agriculture and construction [are] concerned,” Mullin said, adding that a final decision has not been made on the exact approach that would be taken.

He pointed to the upcoming hurricane season, as he highlighted the danger the debris at the landfill could cause to the island during severe weather conditions.

Inefficiency at the landfill prior to last year’s hurricane season and the high volume of debris that was added after the season were among the concerns raised since, according to the NODS director, the debris “could just not be dealt with.”

He hinted that the government has taken steps to acquire machines to deal with that situation in the future.

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