The mayor of Barranquitas, Elliot Colón Blanco, announced today that he has signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency for the accumulation of used tires in the municipality’s rubbers.
Colón Blanco indicated that the order also empowers the municipal executive to hire trucks to transport the tires.
The municipality has already identified 12 gomeras and has contracted two trucking companies to start the collection work in all the establishments, it was indicated in a press release. These will be removed and taken to a company in Carolina, which is responsible for the disposal of the material. The effort has been carried out in collaboration with the owners of the tires, who have shown concern about the accumulation of tires.
“Being at the peak of the hurricane and rainy season, these tires represent a serious risk to the health of our people. The accumulation can be a focus of mosquito breeding sites that transmit dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. In addition, if a fire occurs in any of these gomeras, it would be a very dangerous situation for everyone’s health and safety, ”said the mayor.
Colón Blanco pointed out that despite the fact that the disposal of the rubbers is a job that corresponds to the Environmental Quality Board, the municipality approved the executive order that authorized the city council to hire two companies that will do the collection.
“We are not going to wait for the Environmental Quality Board to have the tires. Health represents a serious priority, so we identified municipal funds to do the work and avoid any major emergency due to this situation. The collaboration of the tires’ owners has been beneficial for the elimination of the accumulation of used tires in our town, “he said.