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Enforcement coming!

WPM warns of action against restaurateurs who breach the Anti-Litter Act

Observer West writer

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited has warned restaurant and cook-shop operators that it will be undertaking enforcement activities in the resort city of Montego Bay, which is overrun with rats in some areas.

WPM is a regional arm of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

Regional Operations Manager at WPM Garnet Edmondson noted that the authority's enforcement team is now better equipped to carry out its duties.

“We recently received a new Toyota Hilux vehicle that will be a part of our enforcement strategy. It is important, because we are coming around. We are going to be visiting restaurants. We are going to be visiting all the cook shops. You must have that garbage contract. You must show us the last time your garbage was picked up. You must show us that you are registered with the public health department,” Edmondson stressed.

“Of course, to have a clean city, you must comply with the rules. So, now that the enforcement arm of WPM is now mobile and will be getting additional resources — thanks to TEF (Tourism Enhancement Fund) — we will be out there to educate and to enforce.”

Edmondson was addressing a WPM symposium for restaurants and cook-shop operators at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in St James recently.

Earlier this month, the (NSWMA) announced that it had received two vehicles funded by the TEF that will assist the authority's enforcement team in enforcement activities across four resort towns in western Jamaica.

Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis had stated that despite the St James Municipal Corporation's contribution of close to $3 million to the St James Health Department rodent control programmes since taking up office in 2016, the issue of rats overrunning certain sections of the second city has persisted.

The mayor argued that this was mainly due to improper disposal of leftover food by food establishments.

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