Carib Cement removes 6,000 tyres from Riverton in 11 days, says Holness

Carib Cement removes 6,000 tyres from Riverton in 11 days, says Holness

Friday, December 06, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced earlier today that the Caribbean Cement Company has removed 6,000 used tyres from the Riverton City Landfill over an 11-day period.

Holness made the announcement on social media.

The Prime Minister said a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Jamaica and the Caribbean Cement Company was signed in July to see the removal of two million tyres from the landfill.

In a video posted on Twitter, the Prime Minister argued that the Riverton City Landfill was one of the government’s greatest challenges, with the tyres forming a large part of the combustible materials in the area.

“The best solution to them, which is now being practised world-wide, is to have them incinerated in a managed process,” Holness said.

A representative from Carib Cement said that during the pilot phase of the initiative, 6000 tyres have been burnt in 11 days. The representative said the company has the ability to burn 800, 000 in a year and to rid the landfill of tyres in five years.

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