Local September 12, 2022 | 3:05 pm

Solid waste continues to arrive on the southern coast of Santo Domingo

The southern coast of Santo Domingo continues to be the deposit site for tons of solid waste, mainly plastics, lilacs, trunks, and other objects, which it receives from the Ozama, Isabela, and Haina rivers which, in turn, are fed by creeks surrounded by thousands of families who use them as dumping grounds.

The situation of the seas provoked the warning of the Minister of the Environment, Miguel Ceara Hatton, about the urgency of preserving this natural wealth, the fundamental base of tourism, the primary economic source of the Dominican Republic.

The recent rains have caused the tributaries to swell, dragging in their wake the waste that families throw into the streets and ravines, as well as that which is not removed by the municipalities of Greater Santo Domingo and which goes directly into the rivers that flow into the sea.

Beaches such as Güibia and Fort San Gil, on the Malecón of Santo Domingo, and the Gringo, in Haina, were yesterday full of waste, much of it plastic and foam containers, as well as sticks, lilacs, pieces of mattresses, and metals.

Julio Ogando of the Vida Azul Foundation headed a brigade yesterday that removed waste from the beach of Fort San Gil. By mid-morning, they were already carrying dozens of bags up the avenue to be transported to the landfills.

Ogando urged Dominicans to become aware of the damage caused by plastics to the ecosystem, mainly to the seas and the species that inhabit them.

He recalls that the country lives from tourism, and the sea is the main wealth with its waters and sands, so if it becomes a landfill, it will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

The beach of Fort San Gil, in front of Palo Hincado and Montesinos streets, is where solid waste accumulates the most, while many lilacs float in the dirty waters of the sea.

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September 12, 2022 4:11 pm

There is not enough zafacones and organized public collection of garbage…Where are they gonna throw garbage ?!…Institutional negligence is biting us in the arz already…

Paul Tierney
September 12, 2022 10:05 pm
Reply to  chupacabra

The public collection of garbage is paramount. However, politics, institutional corruption, and organized mafias labor to make a muck of efficient, routine, street clearing public waste collection. The population also has a hand in this mess. Its bad habits have to change to advance toward a cleaner environment.

September 13, 2022 9:15 am

On the Malecon, it’s best to view the ocean from the street; get close to the sea and one will be shocked and repulsed by the amount of garbage in the water. We have to take better care of our environment.