NSWMA gets three new garbage trucks

October 17, 2018
Desmond McKenzie (left), minister of local government and community development and Audley Gordon, executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), look at one of the new garbage trucks handed over yesterday at the NSWMA headquarters on Half-Way Tree Road.


The Government has purchased three new garbage trucks valued at approximately $74.7 million to boost the capabilities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

The units, valued at $24.9 million each, will serve the Metropolitan Parks and Markets region, which includes Clarendon, the Western Parks and Markets and North Eastern Parks and Markets.

Each region will receive one unit to strengthen collection and transportation of solid waste.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at the NSWMA's head office in Kingston yesterday, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, said the Government is committed to boosting the fleet of trucks in order to ensure that the agency delivers quality service.

He said that since 2016, the NSWMA has received 30 new vehicles.

"By the end of this year into January 2019... an additional 12 trucks will complement the fleet, and by year end (2019), we are looking at close to 50 brand-new trucks for the NSWMA," he said.

McKenzie said that while garbage collection has improved, "we are still not where we want to be in terms of the volume and the frequency of collection", and the additional trucks will strengthen efforts in this regard.

The Minister urged the workers to take care of the units, which will assist them in performing their duties effectively.


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