Hotel fined for alleged improper disposal of waste

Wednesday, March 03, 2010    

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THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) on Monday fined the Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann $10,000 for allegedly disposing of its waste illegally.

According to NSWMA executive director Joan Gordon-Webley, the company was given three days to remove the waste from the roadway in Exchange, St Ann, where it was allegedly deposited by the trucker hired by the hotel.

Additionally, Gordon-Webley said a formal warning will also be issued to the hotel.

The matter was brought to the agency's attention when the driver of the truck was seen dumping the waste illegally along the roadway in Exchange, St Ann on Saturday.

Gordon-Webley said when the solid waste agency team sifted through the garbage it was discovered that the waste came from the hotel.

The haulage contractor was subsequently fined $2,000.

"We are having serious problems with persons depositing solid waste all over the place and it is some of those persons in leadership who should know better," the NSWMA boss told the Observer.

"...When a hotel gives a little man the waste to collect, they have a responsibility, under the Act, to ensure that it gets to the proper waste disposal site," said Gordon-Webley.

She said that in addition to the NSWMA, companies could hire legitimate waste haulers. These haulers, she said, have been registered with the solid waste agency to dispose of garbage.

In the meantime, she warned that people who continue the practice of illegally disposing waste could be fined up to $1 million.





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