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NSWMA to meet with Port Antonio stakeholders over garbage pile-up

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 5:33 PM
NSWMA executive director Audley Gordon

The Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Audley Gordon is to meet with stakeholders in Port Antonio, Portland by Wednesday to discuss the garbage problem in the parish capital.

According to Gordon, the disregard for proper solid waste management especially by business operators and vendors is affecting the town.

The Gleaner reported today that the garbage pile-up is causing an unbearable stench in Port Antonio and has already forced the cancellations of at least six cruise ships that were destined for the resort town during the current winter tourist season.

READ: Mayor in race to clean up town as stench forces cruise ships to stay away

IN PHOTO: Mayor of Port Antonio Paul Thompson points to a blocked drain in Port Antonio

The garbage has become a breeding ground for rats and other rodents, creating panic among business operators whose commercial waste has been left uncollected for several days.

The mayor of Port Antonio Mayor, Paul Thompson, says the local authorities and stakeholders are in a race against time to clean up the town before the arrival of a cruise ship on January 4.


Mayor of Port Antonio Mayor, Paul Thompson

Gordon says the North East Park and Market Waste Management Limited is working to improve collection and to hold businesses accountable for the disposal of their garbage.

Meanwhile, the NSWMA head says for 2017, the agency will intensify enforcement activities with the assistance of Municipal Police Officers.