'Tanny' Shirley heads Riverton divestment team
Businessman Lyttleton 'Tanny' Shirley, has been announced as the head of the enterprise team charged with leading the divestment of the Riverton City dump in St Andrew.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the nine-member team this morning at Jamaica House.
The team has been charged with leading the process of contracting out Jamaica’s waste disposal service and establishing a waste-to-energy system.
IN PHOTO: Andrew Holness
Holness explained that the divestment is expected to lead to improved environmental practices.
Holness said the World Bank has been asked to assist with a pre-feasibility study, expected to start at the end of next month.
He said the results of the four-month study will be used by the enterprise team to guide the selection process.
Holness disclosed that there are already many expressions of interest from private players.
The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) currently manages the disposal site which serves Kingston and St Andrew.
However, it has been a long-standing concern for environmentalists.
In March of last year, sections of the facility caught fire, blanketing the city with smoke and affecting the air quality and human health.
The incident led to strong public outcry and a call for the disposal site to be privatised.
Holness explained that the NWSMA’s role will be that of a regulator for the sector after the dump is privatised.