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Tougher penalty coming for improper garbage disposal

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Desmond McKenzie

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be undertaking a number of initiatives to promote the proper disposal of waste by Jamaicans. Included will be a comprehensive public-education campaign to involve the hosting of town hall meetings right across the country.

"This is to sensitise the people about the importance of the (proper) disposal of garbage," Portfolio Minister Desmond McKenzie said at a press conference to announce the appointment of an Enterprise Team to identify a preferred waste-management provider for the divestment of the Riverton landfill. The press conference was held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday. McKenzie informed that a submission is to be made to Cabinet for an increase in fines for the improper disposal of garbage in public places.

Meanwhile, the minister said the Government, in the last financial year, provided some $250 million towards the purchase of garbage trucks. "These trucks will be coming into the island by the end of February next year and will go directly into the system. We are also presently engaged in discussions on getting some 41 private trucks into the system," the minister said.


Major improvements


"We are hoping that with those 41 trucks and the 17 trucks that are coming into the system, we will be able to create significant improvements in the garbage collection right across the country," he added.

McKenzie said the recent flooding in the Corporate Area and in sections of Portland and St Mary is as a result of improper garbage disposal.

"We will try our best to respond in a very positive way and in a meaningful way to the various concerns, but we need the buy-in of the country as we try to deal with this problem," he said.