Car carcasses: the big cleaning 

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Car carcasses are still too present on the territory, and many residents alert us regularly. However, authorities on both sides of the island are increasing vehicle kidnappings and are not taking this environmental issue lightly.   

Among our neighbors, more than 50 wrecks were collected and crushed last week in the Cul-de-Sac sector, at the initiative of the Ministry of the Environment and Regional Planning, in collaboration with the agents of community policing. And actions are continuing in other areas: Fort Willem, Bush Road and Belair. Since the launch of this wreckage removal project about a month ago, 100 vehicles have been removed on the Dutch side. The removal of cars illegally parked along roads is also part of the ministry's objectives. In Saint-Martin, the Sustainable Development Pole has opted, as part of the improvement of the living environment, for a budget of 300.000 euros to collect and treat end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), according to the guidelines 2016 budget. In terms of public health, the State, via the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), has offered to provide financial assistance to communities to destroy potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, continued at chikungunya. “The call for tenders for the collection and treatment of end-of-life vehicles and metal bulky items collected on the territory was launched in October 2015. This operation will therefore really begin in 2016”, mentioned the Cluster. Finally, two weeks ago - during the visit of Patrice Richard, the director general of the regional health agency (ARS) Guadeloupe / North Islands - the vice-president of the Collectivity Ramona Connor had specified that "a Huge work has been done by the COM, which continues to regularly eliminate carcasses ”. In one year, 183 wrecks were removed on the territory.

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