Better days coming at NSWMA - chairman
Chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Dennis Chung said he anticipates further improvements in the agency's service delivery over the next seven months.
This is based, he said, on changes which have improved the public's perception of the agency, particularly in the aftermath of last year's massive fire at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston.
"We are getting the operations under control and we are trying to put schedules out there in terms of garbage collection," he outlined.
Additionally, Chung said the management and staff are aiming to effectively address complaints reported by householders and other customers and clients.
He was speaking at the recent launch of the agency's $7.5-million recycling pilot project at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
Chung also lauded the NSWMA's management and staff for their "very supportive" role in changing the negative public perception.
In advising that the NSWMA's operations have been "a little bit more transparent and open", Chung assured that as regards to outstanding audits, "we expect that we will be fully up to date by the end of this year".
The recycling pilot project, titled 'Waste Reduction Through Waste Separation, Waste Diversion and Recycling', aims to reduce the high volume of plastic bottles at the Riverton disposal site.
It will involve partnership with various stakeholders in the recycling of plastic containers.
Approximately 2,000 households, comprising some 10,000 persons from Rollington Town in Kingston, and Caribbean Estates and Caymanas Country Club in St Catherine, will participate in the six-month pilot.
The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, has provided $6.5 million for the undertaking, with the Government of Jamaica, through the NSWMA, contributing the remainder of the funds.
It is anticipated that the equivalent of 347 tonnes of solid waste or 3.8 million plastic bottles will be collected during the implementation.
The NSWMA anticipates that the initiative will be extended to 34 additional communities over the medium term and a greater number in the long run.