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NSWMA gifted 2,000 bins, two wood-chipping machines

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 9:08 AM

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund has provided just over 2,000 bins and two wood-chipping machines to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

These will be used to assist in improving garbage collection and disposal in 30 communities islandwide under a waste-separation and compost project.

The project is being jointly undertaken by the agencies with input from the firm Recycling Partners of Jamaica.

Funding has been provided by the World Bank.

The bins, which were acquired at a cost of $13 million are colour-coded to facilitate the separation of plastic, organic and other material by householders.

A total of $8.9 million was spent to procure the woodchippers which will be used to assist in converting material, such as fallen tree limbs, into compost.

The bins will be distributed in Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Ann, St James and Westmoreland.

It is anticipated that approximately 140,000 people will directly benefit from the undertaking, which will be rolled out over the next four weeks.