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NSWMA looking at public-private arrangement for garbage collection

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Garbage pile up is a common sight in parts of the city.



The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is looking to enter public-private arrangements for the collection of garbage.

Executive Director of the entity, Audley Gordon, said the move was aimed at improving efficiency in garbage collection by putting more units on the streets.

He said an investor had indicated an interest in bringing in trucks for the removal of garbage.

"We are in conversation now with the board, and we will be talking to the Office of the Contractor General to see how we can implement a pilot project in one of our regions where there is an investor who is willing to bring in 40-odd trucks," he said.

"We really want to look at that one, with a view of getting that implemented, because at the end of the day, we must take up the garbage," he said.

Meanwhile, Gordon said the NSWMA's fleet of trucks would be increased next year.

He said there was already on order for 17 new Renault trucks, which were scheduled to arrive in the island in February.

He said the process was under way for the procurement of an additional 13 trucks later in the year.

"We have also asked the Government for additional funds to have more trucks, which should come on stream sometime in 2018," he noted.