NSWMA looking to privatise garbage collection in Portmore
The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is looking at privatising the collection and disposal of residential garbage in Portmore, St Catherine.
NSWMA chairman, Dennis Chung, says the agency's fleet is short of 120 vehicles.
He says the agency is in need of help from the private sector as it cannot collect all the garbage in the area on its own.
The NSWMA is in the process of undertaking a pilot project, which will see a private contractor assisting with the collection.
Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott, says if the pilot project is successful a programme would be implemented across the other zones.
Arscott says this would reduce the number of trucks needed by the NSWMA and would allow it to focus more on waste management.
They were both speaking at a press conference yesterday.
Meanwhile, the NSWMA is appealing to Jamaicans to try and reduce the number of waste they generate during the festive season.