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'Bag it, bin it, we'll collect it'

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A garbage pile-up near the Oasis Plaza, March Pen Road, Spanish Town, St. Catherine -Photo by Rasbert Turner

NSWMA wants more power over how garbage is stored

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

Proposed changes to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Act could make it easier for the prosecution of individuals who do not store garbage properly.

That is the hope of executive director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, who argued that the legislation will have specific requirements for storage facilities.

"The bill is at the drafting stage with the Chief Parliamentary Council (CPC) and will have specific requirements, including size.

"Access must be easy for the collectors, and we shouldn't have to ask people to sort their garbage. But since we must, I am saying again, that plastics should be bagged separately," added Edwards.

NOT A DETERRENT

She noted that the current $2,000 fee for littering is not a deterrent, and argued that until persons are hit where in hurts, they will continue to litter.

Edwards referred to areas in the United States where it is a requirement for individuals to put plastics in separate containers if it is to be collected.

The NSWMA boss noted that domestic garbage is collected on particular days while plastic is collected on other days.

Edwards charged that Jamaicans - who liked to compare activities in the US with what happens here - should know that the city councils in America prosecute individuals who do not store garbage properly.

"Our mantra is ... bag it, bin it and we will collect it," declared Edwards as she noted that when garbage is not properly stored, collectors spend more time at one premises than is required.