Pre-hurricane season clean-up campaign started on Thursday

Excavators are seen clearing Sargassum weed from the Mont Vernon end of Orient Beach. The French State has made 3 million euros available for the Sargassum operation, funds to be used for equipment and additional 25-strong “Green Brigade” of workers. Clean up will continue at Le Galion and Baie Lucas. Health Authority ARS has said there is currently no danger to the public from the low hydrogen sulphide level emitting from the algae.


MARIGOT–As previously announced by President Daniel Gibbs and his team, a clean-up campaign has been organised by the Collectivité, from May 10 to June 10, 2018. During this period, extra waste collection bins will be installed in the neighbourhoods

The aim is to carry out a major cleaning operation in anticipation of the 2018 hurricane season to remove a maximum amount of waste, some of which can become dangerous projectiles in bad weather and strong winds.

The public is being asked to clean up their private properties while the Collectivité will continue to clean up the public domain. Neighbourhood associations are also invited to help with this operation.

The Collectivité is also continuing its operation to dispose of abandoned car wrecks. This operation is free for all those who need this service. These persons should make themselves known to the Collectivité by contacting the Department of Environment Affairs and Quality of Life (0590) 52. 27. 30.

Individuals and companies that are participating in this effort are asked to sort green waste, zinc and wood before transporting them to the Grand Cayes landfill. This pre-sorting is important as it will facilitate the waste process by the company VERDE and the Galisbay recycling centre.

Access to the Grandes Cayes Ecosite (Cul-de-Sac) will be free for the duration of the cleaning campaign, only for vehicles registered on the French side and for suitable trucks (dump truck). Waste can also be deposited free of charge at the Galisbay recycling centre.

The Collectivité of St. Martin invites the public to use all the resources available to collect a maximum of waste between May 10 and June 10, 2018.

President Gibbs is appealing to citizens to actively participate in this collective clean-up programme, and thanks them in advance for their commitment to respecting our environment and safety.

Source: The Daily Herald