Clean-up campaign collects additional 8,300 tons of waste | THE DAILY HERALD

Cleaning up in Colombier during the campaign.

MARIGOT–The “Friendly Island-Clean Island” post-Hurricane Irma cleaning campaign organised by the Collectivité from May 10 to July 15, resulted in collection of an additional 8,300 tons of waste, mostly bulky items from individuals and professionals, the Collectivité disclosed.

“We launched this cleaning campaign because the local authority is responsible for cleaning the public domain and it is up to individuals and professionals to clean up their homes,” said Territorial Councillor and head of the environmental committee, Pascale Alix-Laborde.

Initially launched from May 10 to June 10, the “Friendly Island, Clean Island” campaign was then extended to July 15. In order to encourage this civic approach, the Collectivité had made skips available to the public in all districts and made access to the eco-landfill site free throughout this period to all vehicles registered on the French side. “Because people don’t always have the means to pay for the eco-site,” Alix-Laborde added.

The Collectivité provided additional skips in the districts where the inhabitants requested it, as well as small cleaning equipment – garbage bags, gloves for individuals and associations. In the end, 8,300 tons of bulky materials were treated at the eco-site following this operation.

Alix-Laborde also represents St. Martin on the National Biodiverstiy Committee at the Ministry of Ecological Transition in Paris.

Source: The Daily Herald