Communities to be cleared of garbage soon

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, says by the end of the week, several communities will be cleared of garbage caused by recent heavy rains.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (right), inside one of two garbage compactor trucks that were presented to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) on October 22. Sharing the moment with McKenzie is Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mike Henry (left). Also pictured are NSWMA driver, Andrew Stewart (left), and Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney. (Photo: JIS)
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (right), inside one of two garbage compactor trucks that were presented to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) on October 22. Sharing the moment with McKenzie is Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mike Henry (left). Also pictured are NSWMA driver, Andrew Stewart (left), and Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney. (Photo: JIS)

The Minister, who spoke at the handover of two garbage compactor trucks, valued more than $50 million, to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), said that while the rains were welcome, they posed a huge challenge to infrastructure and the collection and disposal of garbage in many communities.

The ceremony was held at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew on October 22.

“By the end of the week there will be a significant reduction in the pile-up of garbage.”

— McKenzie

McKenzie said that he had dialogue with the leadership of the NSWMA, and an “assurance was given that by the end of the week there will be a significant reduction in the pile-up of garbage across sections of the country.” 

He also disclosed that more than $100 million has been approved for the construction of a bridge that will improve access to the Riverton Landfill, as the current bridge needs to be replaced.

The Minister pointed out that plans are “far advanced” to purchase 100 trucks for the NSWMA, which will be the largest one-time purchase of garbage-collection vehicles for the agency.