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JSIF, NSWMA embark on waste-separation and compost project

Published:Saturday | October 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has provided just over 2,000 bins and two wood-chipping machines valued at nearly $22 million 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 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 provisions have been facilitated under the JSIF-administered Integrated Community Development Project and will see the bins being distributed in Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Ann, St James and Westmoreland.

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

The presentations were made during a recent ceremony on the compound of the NSWMA's Transport Department on Hagley Park Road in Kingston.

A memorandum of understanding outlining the responsibilities of the JSIF and the NSWMA under the project was also signed during the ceremony.

Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie said the new initiative is part of the Government's continued efforts to ensure that proper waste-disposal practices are carried out in communities.