New bill to improve solid waste management structure : Mark Brantley

The Premier of Nevis - Mark Brantley informed that on July 13 2021, the Nevis Island assembly meets to consider legislation for the island of Nevis, including new provisions for the better management and disposal of waste on the island.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: The Premier of Nevis – Mark Brantley informed that on July 13 2021, the Nevis Island assembly meets to consider legislation for the island of Nevis, including new provisions for the better management and disposal of waste on the island.

Mark Brantley is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Premier of Nevis shared the information through his social media handle. He stated that the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Bill (2021) for an adequate solid waste management structure and to preserve the environment and the public health of Nevis had been passed after its second and third section at a meeting of the Nevis Island Assembly on July 13, 2021.

This new bill would replace the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Ordinance, which was presented by the Junior Health Minister in the Nevis Island Administration – NIA – Hazel Brandy-Williams, earlier this year.

This new bill would provide for the management of solid waste, including its – collection, storage and disposal in conformity with the best environmental practices and for other similar matters.

Brandy Williams further stated, “In order for the administration of Nevis to accomplish this, we must have the relevant legislation in place to properly manage the activities of an effective solid waste management authority, and so for that very reason, we have come to make some adjustments to the governing ordinance.”

This bill would also try to implement a practical system which would allow the Nevis island Solid Waste Management Authority to have entire oversight of the management of the process undertaken by the authority.

Williams further added, “The Nevis we know today is certainly not the Nevis we knew nineteen years ago, and this is all because we are seeing more and more cars on our roads. We are observing a boom in the construction industry, so more and more buildings are being built. People are acquiring more and more personal amenities. In light of all this, we are seeing the generation of more waste ending up at our landfill.”