NEW YORK — A New York City businessman has donated 50,000 plastic refuse bags that repel disease carrying rodents to help stem the spread of disease in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.
Joseph "Dee" Dussich, president of JAD Corporation of America, has been a leader in the plastic refuse bag and building supply industry in New York for over forty years. He and his three sons have decided to use their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved rat repellent plastic refuse bags to the best advantage possible for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The delivery and distribution of these refuse bags will be accomplished by the Afya Foundation, a two year old organization founded by Danielle Butin, dedicated to "bringing good health to those who need it most." Afya means "good health" in Swahili.
"Sending these bags to Haiti was the best way for us to use the products we sell to help prevent the spread of disease in a country that has already suffered one of the world’s most devastating events," said Dussich. "We are proud to be working with an organization like AFYA as they were one of the first to deliver containers of medical supplies to Haiti immediately following the earthquake," he added.
"The AFYA Foundation draws on the experience of health officials, business leaders, media pioneers and global visionaries to help with our mission," said Butin. "Business leaders like Mr. Dee and his family use their resources to help make our mission possible."
The Mint-X plastic trash bag is made with a specially formulated mint fragrance that repels rats and other types of vermin. While the EPA-approved bag prevents animals from tearing into the trash bags, the scent is both safe and pleasant for humans.
"The refuse problem in Haiti is significant right now," said James Dussich, director of operations at Mint-X Corporation. "Exposed garbage is piling up in the streets of Port au Prince and, most importantly, the exposed trash is attracting a wide array of disease carrying rodents. We are confident that the Mint-X bag will help keep rodent activity to a minimum and will ensure that refuse remains contained. The relief effort has become an international issue and we are pleased to do our part."