NSWMA's 'Drum a Di Gate' programme gets positive responseWednesday, September 15, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Director of Operations, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Aretha McFarlane, says there has been positive response to its 'Drum a Di Gate' initiative.
The programme, which was launched in November 2020, is aimed at encouraging proper waste disposal through the containerisation of garbage.
“So far it is good. Persons have been cooperating. They have been using the drums for the intended purpose,” McFarlane said.
Under the initiative, the NSWMA signed a more than $1.5 million agreement with Hardware and Lumber for the provision of 200 drums each month for 12 months to the NSWMA, for distribution to targeted communities.
“We have started getting those drums and we have started distribution of those drums already,” McFarlane said.
She said that, to date, drums have been disbursed to Allman Town and Arnette Gardens in Kingston, Flanker, St James, and other communities.
“We will continue this initiative because we are targeting densely populated areas so that we can better manage the garbage situation and improve efficiency and turnaround time for our crew that goes in to pick up,” she said.
Noting the negative impact of improper waste disposal on the environment, particularly in relation to polluting waterways, she said that communities along the Sandy Gully belt will be targeted under the initiative.
“What we want to prevent is the waste going into our waterways and the sea eventually. We are a company that is big on the environment; we want a healthy environment. We want our waterways to be healthy,” she added.