Garbage collection to be privatised

September 19, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Employees of the National Solid Waste Management Authority cleaning up garbage from Industrial Terrace while Minister of local Government Desmond McKenzie was on a tour to see the damage that was done by recent flooding on Marcus Garvey Drive on Friday.
Desmond McKenzie

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says the administration remains committed to privatising garbage collection and disposal operations being carried out by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

This, he says, would include the management of state-run disposal sites, such as Riverton City in Kingston, and Retirement in St James.

Addressing journalists on Friday, after touring sections of Marcus Garvey Drive, which were flooded on September 9, McKenzie said this would enable the NSWMA to "return to its core function as the regulatory arm" for solid waste management.

The local government minister said Prime Minister Andrew Holness "will shortly be making some very significant announcements as it relates to that."

Meanwhile, the minister advised that additional garbage trucks are expected to arrive by the end of this year into early 2017, with more to be acquired thereafter.

Acknowledging the shortage of these trucks within the NSWMA's fleet, McKenzie indicated that instructions have been given for private trucks to be hired to assist where the need is identified islandwide.

The minister also pointed out that the problems which arose with garbage collection and disposal in the parishes of St Elizabeth and Manchester have been addressed, as private trucks were brought into the system.

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