JAMAICA HOUSE, Kingston: In keeping with the commitment to strengthen the capacity and operations of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development handed over eleven new compactor garbage units to the agency.
This brings to 28 – the number of new units that have been handed over to improve the efficiency of the NSWMA over the last fiscal year.
“It is the intention of the Ministry in the New Year coming to place more money in the budget to secure new trucks. I gave a commitment that we are expecting that by the next year and a half we will be close to one hundred new trucks for the National Solid Waste Management Authority,” said Portfolio Minister, Honourable Desmond McKenzie during the official handover at Jamaica House on October 24, 2017.
“It is not something that is impossible because there are areas within the Ministry, outside of what we are going to be asking the Ministry of Finance for that will be able to help and assist to provide units for entity.”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness underscored that the Government is committed to using taxpayers’ dollars competently as it provides key resources for the public.
“We are using your tax dollars not just to bush the roads, not just to clear the curbs, channels and gullies, but we are also making capital investments in equipment that will improve service delivery,” he said.
The new units are distributed among the NSWMA’s collection regions, with the Southern Parks and Markets Waste Management Limited, Western Parks and Markets Waste Management Limited and Metropolitan Park and Markets Waste Management Limited receiving three units, while the North Eastern Parks and Markets will receive two units to assist with the collection and transportation of solid waste.
The new units are expected to significantly improve public solid waste disposal needs across the country, as the regions are tasked with maintaining assigned garbage collection schedules and to work towards general improvement in operational efficiencies.