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Garbage woes pile up in Manchester

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2015 | 7:00 AM

I write on behalf of the residents of Land Settlement in the Williamsfield area of Manchester. I would like to make a public complaint about the irregular garbage collection in our community. The garbage is usually picked up every Friday. However, for the past month, the garbage truck has not even passed our way.

As a result, there is a mountain of rubbish in front of our gates. The garbage is swarming with flies and has become a breeding place for maggots. Worst of all, the garbage is emitting a foul smell.

Numerous calls have been made to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and, each time, personnel take your particulars and no one calls you back.

I have been told by a reliable source that the absence of garbage pick-ups in and around the Mandeville area is caused by insufficient operable trucks; others are in dire need of repairs.

Regardless of how tight the purse strings are, the Government needs to allocate more funds to such an essential entity as the NSWMA.

Very soon, we will have rats running up and down our streets and taking over homes if the Jamaican Government does not take this matter in hand.

- JOLENE BRYAN-CAMPBELL

Mandeville, Manchester