NSWMA observes Environmental Awareness Week June 4-10
Community Relations Manager, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Kimberley Blair. Photo: JIS

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and its regional offices will be observing National Environmental Awareness Week from Sunday, June 4 to Saturday, June 10.

The Week, which is being observed under the theme, ‘End Travel Waste’, will also incorporate Solid Waste Day, on Tuesday, June 6.

Community Relations Manager, NSWMA, Kimberley Blair, told JIS News that the aim is to get citizens to reduce their waste while travelling and to develop environmentally friendly habits on their trips.

“We want them to care for their favourite places, beaches and rivers... pick up after themselves and keep our outdoor spaces clean, making them more enjoyable. Just think what would happen if everyone picked up at least one piece of litter. ‘If yuh travel wid yuh waste, nuh use it dutty up di place’,” said Blair.

She pointed out that the authority and its regional entities have organised several activities to commemorate the week, which will begin with a National Church Service at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church, in St Ann, on Sunday, June 4, at 9:00 am.

Blair informed that for Solid Waste Day, the SPM Waste Management Limited will host a Solid Waste March and an expo. The march will commence at SPM’s Office in Mandeville and culminate at the Cecil Charlton Park with the expo and a mini concert.

Other activities include a clean-up exercise by NEPM Waste Management Limited at the Ocho Rios Clock Tower, in St Ann, on Wednesday, June 7; an underwater clean-up by WPM Waste Management Limited at the Dead-End Beach in St James, on Thursday, June 8 - World Ocean Day - and clean-up activities in Spanish Town, St Catherine by MPM Waste Management Limited, on Friday, June 9.

A walkathon will also be staged in each region to culminate the week of activities.

Blair indicated that for the NSWMA and the MPM Waste Management Limited, the walkathon will see team members journeying from the HarbourView roundabout to the Palisadoes roundabout.

“This activity is not just about raising awareness about travel waste but will double up as a team-building activity. It has been exciting training in-house, so we can make the trek easily, so it really will be a walk of fun,” she added.

Blair said all activities are open to the public as “only together, through positive collaboration, can we deliver on our mandate to ensure a clean and healthy Jamaica”.

The NSWMA is responsible for the management of solid waste in Jamaica. Fulfilling this mandate facilitates action that would safeguard public health, ensure that waste is collected, stored, transported, recycled and reused, or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?