I would like to hereby express my opinion, concerns, and possible suggestions concerning the garbage burning on Saba.
I must give government much credit for all their efforts over the years in trying to find a solution for the problem of the open burning of garbage at the dump, Including purchasing an incinerator to alleviate all the problems associated with openly burning garbage. While the idea and undertaking was meant with all good intentions, the results are far from satisfactory, as while the incinerator has cut down on the amount of smoke released into the air, the toxic, obnoxious, acrid scent released from the incineration of garbage at such high temperatures is much worse than before, in that already it is causing many of the citizens of St. Johns to suddenly complain of health related problems such as headaches, burning eyes, sore throat, sinus, and bronchial problems.
I do not want to be seen as only being critical, while offering no suggestions as to how, in my humble opinion, the situation can possibly be solved. The garbage site has been located in the same area for more or less 35-40 years now, and I believe if enough thought is really put into finding a more suitable location, one can be found.
I am aware that a lot of effort and time has been put into finding a solution for this, but I also firmly believe that the only real viable alternative to this problem is to move the garbage site to a more suitable location farther away from residential areas and where the wind can blow the smoke and scent away from the island. I believe my sentiments are shared by all citizens of St. Johns. Just offering some fuel for thought.
St. Johns, Saba