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NSWMA to meet Port Antonio stakeholders over garbage problem

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Audley Gordon

Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Audley Gordon is to meet with stakeholders in Port Antonio, Portland, by next 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 yesterday that the garbage pile-up was causing an unbearable stench in Port Antonio and had already forced the cancellation of at least six cruise ships that were destined for the resort town during the current winter tourist season.

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.

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

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

In the meantime, the NSWMA head said that for 2017, the authority would intensify enforcement activities with the assistance of municipal police officers.