ST JAMES, Jamaica— Fifty new garbage trucks, acquired by the Government for the National Solid Waste Management, arrived on the island recently.
According to Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (West) Homer Davis, 12 of the trucks have been deployed to Western Jamaica. The trucks were put on display while being driven around Sam Sharpe Square after arriving in Montego Bay, St James Wednesday evening.
In announcing the acquisition last month, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke, said the plans to purchase the 50 trucks began prior to the onset of COVID-19 in 2020 but plans had to be deferred due to the economic fallout resulting from the pandemic.
He added however that another 50 trucks are expected during the next fiscal year.
“We’re planning for another 50 [trucks] to come… in the next [2023/24] fiscal year; that would be a total of 100 [over the period],” Dr Clarke had said, while speaking at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s weekly luncheon, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston in October.