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Government to foot $140m NSWMA garbage backlog bill

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 12:48 PM

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to get $140 million to address the garbage backlog in the Corporate Area and St Catherine.

On Monday, executive director of the NSWMA Jennifer Edwards, admitted on Power 106 FM's Independent Talk that the agency is facing a crisis.

The NSWMA says it urgently needs $5 billion to properly address the garbage and resource problems afflicting the agency.

This morning, Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the Finance Ministry will make the allocation over three months, starting this month.

He says an amount has been budgeted from the $140 million, to repair some of the NSWMA trucks which are out of service.

The NSWMA says it has 55 trucks in its fleet, most of which are not working.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Minister says Jamaicans needs to stop carelessly disposing of their garbage, pointing to Half-Way Tree in St Andrew as one area poorly treated by commuters and vendors.


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