NSWMA implements measures for holiday garbage collection in St James

Friday, December 14, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says it has implemented measures to address the expected increase in garbage in St James during the Christmas period into the New Year.

Public Cleansing Inspector at Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited, a subsidiary of the NSWMA, Patrick Gilchrist, said that priority will be given to the business district of Montego Bay.

“Normally, over this period, we have an increase of waste; [as such], we have engaged five mini compactor trucks. These trucks will mostly work in the downtown district of Montego Bay with the bigger units… to minimise congestion.

“We have engaged 15 additional sweepers in the downtown area and have implemented a moving team around the parish to do work in a number of areas, to include King Street, Barracks Road, Hart Street, Brandon Hill and especially the elegant corridor,” Gilchrist said at the monthly meeting of the St James Municipal Corporation yesterday.

Gilchrist said that two large garbage trucks have been dispatched to serve the communities of Rose Heights, Farm Heights, Granville, Rosemount and Mount Salem, in a bid to improve on the collection cycle.

“We are in the process of increasing our night collections in a number of communities, that will help to free up some of the units in the day, so that we can reach more of our communities,” he said adding that the NSWMA's Bulky Waste Pre-Christmas Clean-up drive, which started on November 24, will continue into 2019.

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