(CMR) The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is encouraging residents to examine their garbage enclosures and ensure they are maintained in a clean and sanitary manner to prevent animals from accessing them.
“One man's trash can be an animal's treasure! It has been brought to our attention that inadequate garbage enclosures are attracting some of our local animals like chickens and dogs. This situation is also contributing to unsanitary conditions. We all need to remember that it's our responsibility as individuals to secure our garbage. Always keep in mind that doing the right thing goes a long way in improving our own neighborhoods,” said Richard Simms, Director of the Department of Environmental Health.
The DEH provides the following tips to avoid any garbage exposure:
-Ensure an adequate number of garbage bins: choose the right amount of bins and do not overfill.
-Safeguard proper bin covers and secure them: If your lid doesn't lock in place, or you want to add some extra layers of security, consider tying down the trash can lid with a bungee cord.
-Ensure suitable enclosure of garbage bins.
All residents are reminded that garbage containers must be placed in front of premises or on the street, immediately beside the property, and must be located at ground level or above and must not block traffic.
Ultimately it is the property owner's responsibility, under the Public Health Act 2002 revision, to ensure that garbage enclosures are kept in a clean and sanitary manner and that adequate and appropriate bins are used.
Residents should strive to keep the enclosure and surroundings clean and to ensure that garbage bags (avoid using supermarket plastic bags) are placed in a bin for collection. Garbage enclosures should be built according to DEH guidelines, and bins can be purchased from local vendors or hardware stores on the islands.
The Department said it appreciates and thanks residents who have been doing their part in assisting in efforts to keep the Islands clean.