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NSWMA contracting private garbage collectors not solving pile-up problem - PNP

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 6:30 PM
In this September 22 file photo, a section of Gold Street – between Harbour and Port Royal streets – seems to have become an informal garbage dump.

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is disputing claims by chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Agency (NSWMA), Dennis Chung, that the addition of new private contractors has alleviated the pile-up of garbage across the island.

PNP spokesman on Local Government Noel Arscott says this assertion is disingenuous and does not reflect the reality of residents in several communities.

As an example, Arscott claims that there are communities in Clarendon where no garbage collection has taken place in more than three months.

He says residents in other areas have been waiting even longer to have their garbage collected.

The South West Clarendon Member of Parliament also claimed that other areas in central Jamaica have seen a pile-up of garbage since the Christmas holidays.

Noting that it is unbecoming of Chung to make false assertions, Arscott called on the government to get on with the business of garbage collection and desist from using what he describes as clever public relations gimmicks to mislead Jamaicans.