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Domestic waste still being collected, says NSWMA head

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 3:40 AM
Today's view of the smoke rising from the Riverton City disposal site.

Head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Jenifer Edwards, says regular collection of domestic waste has continued even as the agency contends with the fire which has been blazing at the Riverton City Landfill since Wednesday.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade has said it is hoping to completely put out the fire which engulfed 90 acres of the 120 acre property by the weekend.

However, Edwards is seeking to assure Jamaicans that garbage is not being allowed to pile-up in the interim.

Speaking yesterday at a press conference at Jamaica House she said domestic garbage was being collected and placed at one section of the dump, to be covered after the fire-fighting effort is through.

Speaking at the same press conference Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, Dr Marion Bullock-Ducasse, said the ministry is hoping that by the end of the week it will have the results from tests conducted overseas for volatile organic compounds in air samples collected.

However, she said air quality tests conducted over the weekend showed that the level of smoke particles close to the dump was just above the normal limit.

Ducasse reported that between Friday and yesterday 846 persons had sought care at medical facilities as a result of respiratory problems.
She said 287 of those people were children who were taken to the Bustamante Hospital for children.