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NSWMA to clear garbage backlog by Weekend

Published:Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 9:19 AM

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says it will clear the backlog of uncollected garbage in the corporate area by the end of the week.

Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Desmond Mckenzie has called on the government to take immediate action to address the growing public health problem, especially in light of vector borne diseases such as Chikungunya Fever.

Director of Operations at the NSWMA, Percival Stewart says the authority is aware of the problem and is working assiduously to clear the back log.

He says the authority has been utilising trucks from neighboring parishes and government owned trucks to address the problem.

Meanwhile, Stewart says given recent cuts to its budget, the Authority has no choice but to reduce garbage collection days.

According to the NSWMA Operations Director, the authority will no longer be able to collect garbage weekly.

Instead, he says persons should expect garbage collection at least once every 10 days.

Stewart is calling on the public to assist the NSWMA by safely securing their waste until it’s collected.

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