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Norbrook residents lament illegal garbage dumping in their community

Monday, July 14, 2014    

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FIVE years after the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) announced that it was putting measures in place to clamp down on persons dumping garbage in Norbrook, St Andrew, the problem has returned on an even much larger scale.

Residents in the upscale community, last week, reported that since 2009 they have been calling on authorities to clamp down on the illegal practice which has been causing major health concerns but to date the problem has not been addressed.

"We are really frustrated. Right now it appears as if our community is being turned into a dumping site," one female resident told the Jamaica Observer.

She was part of a group of community members who were pleading to the NSWMA to clamp down on the practice.

"Imagine some of us are paying up to $50,000 per year for property taxes and this is how we are being treated," said another irate male resident.

"Right now this sort of practice is bringing down the value of our property and we are really concerned," he added.

The residents who all asked not to be named out of fear of reprisal from the persons dumping the garbage also pointed to a group who was turning another section of the community into an illegal quarry site.

"The garbage is one problem but now we are seeing on a daily basis large piles of construction material being dumped into the area close to our homes," said one resident.

"The developments in our community have left us frustrated and out of ideas and we do not know where next to turn because of what is happening in the area. We now feel like we have all been forgotten and this is not fair," the resident added.

In 2009 when the problem was first raised representatives from the NSWMA reported that they would be closely monitoring the area and would be coming down hard on any one caught carrying out the illegal practice.

Efforts to get in touch with NSWMA officials to get an update on the situation were unsuccessful.

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