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Enterprise team named for solid waste management

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Lyttleton Shirley

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced the formation of a nine-member enterprise team to manage the process of the Government's waste-to-energy programme, as well as contracting out solid waste management and collection.

The team will also manage the divestment of the Riverton City landfill.

The members of the enterprise team are:

Lyttleton Shirley, chairman.

Dr Milton Clarke, deputy chairman.

Milverton Reynolds, representative from the Development Bank of Jamaica.

Rochelle Dacres, representative from the Ministry of Finance Public Service.

Fitzroy Vidal, representative from the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.

Dr Kerrine Senior, representative from National Environment & Planning Agency.

Audley Gordon, representative from the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Patrick Gordon, mechanical engineer.

Paul Tai, attorney-at-law.

Holness said it was envisioned that, over time, the National Solid Waste Management Authority will move towards being a regulator, rather than a collector, of solid waste.

"This does not mean that the jobs involved in waste collection and management will be affected. In fact, what is likely to happen is that there will be a more organised industry created around the business of waste management and collection, which will create more employment. And so this move will be better for everybody," said Holness.

INTERESTS & BIDS

The prime minister said the Government has received more than 30 expressions of interests to either bid on the waste to energy programme or to collect solid waste, or both.

"Ultimately, this project will ensure that solid waste is not the end of the consumption cycle but rather becomes an input into another cycle of production, which gives solid waste some economic value," added the prime minister.

Holness also said the World Bank has agreed to conduct a feasibility study beginning in November to determine the amount of waste being produced, the type of waste produced, and whether or not the waste can be used to make energy.

Holness also stressed the importance of personal responsibility in the proper disposal of solid waste by all Jamaicans.