‘Waste train’ to dispose quickly of rubbish on St Maarten

A ‘waste train’ has been organised on St Maarten to dispose rapidly and effectively of the great accumulation of waste on the island following hurricane Irma. Road sweepers, small excavators, a tipper grab truck and a vehicle with a high-pressure disinfectant hose will form a rubbish disposal convoy, as an essential measure to minimise the risks that the accumulated waste poses to public health.

The waste train is expected to be fully operational by sometime next week. In the meantime, an expert is leading courses to train staff in the use of the vehicle with a high-pressure hose, and the collection route is being reconnoitred.

At the request of Christopher Emmanuel, St Maarten’s Minister of Public Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, the Netherlands’ Ministries of the Interior & Kingdom Relations and of Infrastructure & the Environment have already sent all the necessary equipment. Much of it was transported on an Antonov aircraft, and the rest by ship from Curaçao.