Keep areas clean after NSWMA $60-m project, Gordon urges

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Audley Gordon, executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which is currently on a $60-million clean-up drive of bulky waste in 105 town centres across the island, is calling on citizens to assist the authority in ensuring places that are cleaned remain that way.

“I want to say to the residents, though, that when we clean up areas such as this Barracks Road area (in St James), it would be a shame if you don't help us to keep it clean, and it returns to what it was,” Gordon said.

“We are trying to clean up the environment. We are trying to make you a cleaner space in which your children can play, in which you can breathe, and we need your help.”

Gordon was speaking with reporters on Tuesday in the Barracks Road area during the St James-leg of NSWMA's islandwide clean-up programme.

Other areas in the town of Montego Bay that benefited from the cleaning of drains and the removal of waste were Railway Lane, Princess Street, Fustic Road, Cottage Road, Thompson Street, Hart Street, Princess Street, and Brandon Hill.

The NSWMA head said representatives from its four regions and contracted workers have been out in their numbers over the past two weeks assisting with the exercise.

The western region, which covers the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, falls under the management of the Western Parks and Markets (WPM).

WPM Regional Operations Manager Garnet Edmondson said last week the team was also in the communities of Norwood, Glendevon, Lilliput, Flanker, and Cornwall Courts in St James.

Yesterday the team was in four communities in Hanover, and they are scheduled to be in Westmoreland from Friday to Sunday.

Additionally, the team will be returning to Montego Bay on Sunday to wash and disinfect walls and other areas in the town centre which are currently being used as urinals by males.

Councillor for the Montego Bay South Division Richard Vernon, who lauded the Government and the NSWMA for implementing the clean-up programme, said such a project complements the work currently being undertaken by the local authority.

“We as councillors are working this Christmas to ensure that all the areas are cleaned. We are doing bushing, in some areas we are doing roads, and this initiative by [NSWMA] is just the icing on the cake for what the citizens will be getting this Christmas,” Vernon stated.

The islandwide clean-up project, which started on November 24, is expected to come to an end on Sunday.

Some $40 million is also being used to paint curb walls and to undertake other works.

“We are giving you the cleanest Christmas ever. The prime minister (Andrew Holness), through his Government, has come to the table with some welcomed additional funds. We are making full use of those funds and the taxpayers can be assured that we will give them value for money,” Gordon stressed.

— Anthony Lewis

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