Western Bureu –
Despite efforts by St. James Municipal Corporation (STMC) sellers and restaurant operators to properly dispose of food waste, it has been blamed for recent waste disposal, including cooking oil used in the Montego Bay floods.
According to Tisha-An Pinnok, corporate communications manager in the western part of the National Water Commission (NWC), restaurant operators are responsible for the spill near the Bay West shopping center in Montego Bay.
Several days before the incident, at least one pedestrian was injured in an attempt to remove the sewage from a well.
“The inspector checked it, and the area was overcrowded. The team goes there to clean up. According to the inspector, there are a lot of lubricants and oils in the area when the flow starts. Things that should not go in the sewer, such as restaurants, are overflowing with oils, ”explains Pinnock.
“Friday there was a ban, and the group cleared it, and then it started to flow again. Apparently it started to fill up on Mondays or Tuesdays, and no one reported it, ”Pinnock added.
While food vendors on the streets of the western city are known to be disposing of their waste improperly, Pinoc has not identified them as part of the problem.
“I don’t know about soup vendors [being responsible]. I know that things like oils and other things that are not supposed to go into the sewer are creating closures. I can’t identify with anyone. ”
Lennox Wallace, Diocese of St. James’ Department of Health, said that such improper disposal could endanger the environment and that various food businesses in the area would be investigated.
I’m hearing that for the first time. What I’m doing is getting my officers to do the assessment and check out the facilities in that whole area, because that would affect the sea near Pierre’s restaurant and immediately go to the fisherman’s beach, and that would kill the seas, ”Wallace said.
The possibility of restaurants and other caterers being held responsible for the waste in the Montego Bay sewage contradicts what is mentioned in the next StJMC education campaign condemning such practices. The education campaign, which began in August 2017, focuses on hygiene training for caterers.
In November 2019, StJMC received reports of food vendors and restaurant operators reverting to a bad habit of masturbation. At that time, it was to encourage the education campaign to continue.