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NSWMA begins process to privatize Portmore garbage collection

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

THE NATIONAL Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has begun exploring the option of privatising the collection and disposal of residential garbage in Portmore, St Catherine.

"The truth is that, needing another 120 trucks, we can't do it alone. We need (to get) the private sector involved," Dennis Chung, chairman of board of directors, NSWMA, disclosed on Thursday during a press conference at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development on Hagley Park Road in Kingston.

Meanwhile, a tender notice published in The Gleaner on the same day advised that the two-year pilot project has invited qualified contractors to collect and dispose of residential waste at the Riverton City Disposal Site.

One of the key eligibility requirements is a valid National Contracts Commission certificate for transportation and haulage and/or transportation and haulage, specialising in garbage collection.

It further advises that interested contractors may purchase bid documents as of next Monday, December 21, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with the closing date being Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. The bid document, which costs $4,000 (non-refundable), must be paid for in cash, point-of-sale debit or credit card, or manager's cheque made payable to the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Might be done in other zones

Noel Arscott, minister of local government, told the press conference that, if successful, the pilot project would be implemented across other zones. He explained that this would reduce the number of trucks needed by the NSWMA and would allow it to focus more on waste management.

Meanwhile, the agency is appealing to Jamaicans to give back to Mother Nature by reducing the number of waste generated during the festive season. "This you can do by recycling unwanted gifts, by exchanging or giving them to a local charity, and being selective in the number of holiday cards sent out," he added.

In addition, you could try composting food scraps instead of putting them in the garbage bin.