Negril hotel operator fined for littering

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Negril hotel operator fined for littering

BY HORACE HINES
Staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland — The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has slapped the operator of Azul Sensatori, a newly opened hotel in Negril, with a $10,000 fine for breaches of the anti-litter Act.

According to executive director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, in a swift response to public outcry following the posting of pictures on social media of garbage improperly disposed on a site by the hotel operators last Sunday, a team was immediately dispatched to investigate the matter.

There was a chorus of environmental and health concerns echoed on social media pages over the improper solid waste disposal.

“Upon seeing the photo we asked our regional operations manager for WPM (Western Parks and Markets), Mr Garnett Edmondson, to investigate, which he dispatched a team immediately. By about eight o'clock a team was on site, served a ticket and a removal notice, and gave clear instructions that the unsightly mess must be cleaned up before nightfall. This was done,” Gordon revealed.

He added that the hotel operators, who complied with the NSWMA's instructions, were also sternly warned that the practice will not be tolerated.

Last Sunday, pictures were posted on Instagram of garbage overflowing from an uncovered receptacle placed on a site near to the hotel.

“We did, in the process, give firm instructions for the removal to be done, and it was done on time. By nightfall the place was very clean. And also we had a meeting with the hotel's leadership on Monday, where we discussed what is tolerable and what is not and the way forward,” Gordon revealed.

He was quick to point out that the garbage was not transported to the site by any NSWMA team.

“It is important that the public knows that that was a private arrangement. They had a private arrangement with a private hauler to remove the garbage. But, notwithstanding, as regulators we operationalise a lot — but we are still, by law, the regulators. And so we were able to serve them. It's not a big sum by any means, it was $10,000,” the NSWMA executive director pointed out.

He was speaking at a press briefing called by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, along with top-tier members of the NSWMA at the recently opened Royalton hotel in Negril on Thursday.

McKenzie stated that Cabinet has approved an increase in the anti-litter fines submission he has made.

The local government minister said that work is being done on the recommendations, and expressed confidence that he will make an announcement on the new fines by the end of the calendar year.


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