Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 20, 2020 (SKNIS): The Solid Waste Management Corporation (SWMC) has introduced new smart garbage bins in St. Kitts but the dos and don’ts of what goes inside remain unchanged.
The acceptable categories are listed on the lid of the smart bins so that residents can be informed, and in some cases, reminded that only everyday items should be discarded in the bins.
Unacceptable items include propane cylinders, acid batteries, paint or insolvent items, hazardous materials, tires, yard trash (branches, grass etc), used oil or oil filters, and sharp items.
Keithley Phillip, SWMC’s General Manager said that sharp items are of particular concern.
“Needles that are used by [diabetic] persons and stuff like that we always recommended that they be placed in a thick plastic container and sealed properly, and hand given to the collectors,” he said.
Another important reminder posted on the sides of the bins is three very important words that cover the overall goal of the SWMC - Keep SKN (St. Kitts and Nevis) Clean.
Mr. Phillip noted that the bins are the property of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and should not be damaged or vandalised in any way by persons. Offenders will be fined and could face stiffer penalties, including imprisonment.
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