The worldwide disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous impacts on human health, the environment and climatic conditions. The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment through National Solid Waste Management Authority, Central Board of Health, and the Antigua and Barbuda Police Force wishes to inform citizens and residents in Antigua and Barbuda of the approaching ‘National Biennial Clean-up 2020’ in preparation for the Hurricane Season. The clean-up of bulk waste will commence on July 15th 2020.
The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st to November 30th with predictions of above-normal activity. The National Clean-up has prompted a strong reminder for environmental waste management by eliminating excess refuse and garbage within our communities. In 2018 the Ministry’s program resulted in significant environmental success as 3, 358.1 tonnes of garbage was collected which lowered the probability of flying missiles of waste during a hurricane.
The initiative will run for approximately six weeks covering all communities in Antigua and Barbuda targeting bulk waste. This will be complemented by a program of eradication of rodents and mosquito breeding sites from properties.
In addition, any citizen or resident who is differently abled who needs assistance to remove bulk waste from their private property may contact the National Solid Waste Management Authority hotline at 562-1347 or Litter Wardens Hotline at 727-2467 for help.
In order to achieve efficiency in the execution of this initiative collection will be done according to the below zones which will begin the initial stages:
Zone 1: St. Georges, St Peters (Parham, Vernon’s, Pares), St John’s Rural North- July 15th-18th 2020.
Zone 2: St. John’s City West and St. John’s City East- July 20th -23rd 2020.
Zone 3: St. John’s Rural East- July 25th -28th 2020.
The Ministry is thankful for the public support and looks forward to our continued partnership as we strive to make Antigua and Barbuda the paradise we love.