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MoBay will be clean for Christmas - NSWMA

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer



Patrick Gilchrist, the public cleansing officer at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) in western Jamaica, says plans are in place to ensure the effective removal of solid waste from the Montego Bay business district during the upcoming Christmas holidays and beyond.

“Normally, over this period, we have an increase of waste, so we have engaged five mini-compacter trucks. These trucks will mostly work in the downtown district of Montego Bay. This was done specifically, to minimise congestion with the bigger units,” Gilchrist told Thursday’s monthly sitting of the St. James Municipal Corporation.

“We have engaged 15 additional sweepers in the downtown area and have implemented a moving team around the parish to do works in a number of areas, to include King Street, Barracks Road, Hart Street, Brandon Hill and especially the elegant corridor.”

He said two of the larger trucks have since been dispatched to the communities of Rose Heights, Farm Heights, Granville, Rosemount and Mt. Salem. He said an effort is also being made to improve the collection cycle to reduce the backlog.

“We are in the process of increasing our night collections in a number of communities,” Gilchrist stated.  “That will help to free up some of the units in the day so that we can at least have a more far reaching effect on our communities.”

In regards to the backlogs, Gilchrist said there were 50 areas where the NSWMA was experiencing delays in collection. However, he said the latest reports are showing a reduction to 39.

“We have started a clean-up programme and I am sure that most councillors here would have felt the effects of this programme,” he stated. “We have removed over 50 units of non-compactable waste from communities such as Flankers, Cornwall Courts, King Street, Barracks Road and Hart Street.”