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NSWMA reaching out to private garbage truck owners for help

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 6:25 AM

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is seeking to engage truck owners as it looks to ramp up its garbage collection islandwide.

The NSWMA says it has been receiving many complaints from citizens about the backlog of garbage in some communities, but is unable to efficiently collect the waste because it doesn't have enough trucks.

Director of Operations at the NSWMA, Percival Stewart, says the backlog of garbage is also caused by old trucks that tend to break down while they are collecting garbage in many communities.

Stewart says because of the ageing fleet, the NSWMA needs the assistance of at least 24 trucks to carry out frequent garbage collection islandwide.

 

Director of Operations at the NSWMA Percival Stewart

With the additional trucks the NSWMA says it will be able to carry out night collection in communities that are deemed safe.

In April it was announced that the government allocated some $250 million to the NSWMA to buy new garbage trucks.

Stewart says the private trucks will be employed until the new trucks arrive on the island later this year.

In the meantime, Stewart says interested truckers may contact the NSWMA to assist in its islandwide garbage collection efforts.