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Garbage clean-up starts in Portland ahead of cruise ship arrival

Published:Tuesday | January 3, 2017 | 1:04 AM
Port Antonio

Work has reportedly started to clear the pileup of garbage in Port Antonio, Portland, ahead of the arrival of a cruise ship tomorrow.

Mayor of Port Antonio, Paul Thompson, yesterday said he had not yet had a chance to assess the progress.

The Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Audley Gordon is to meet with stakeholders in Port Antonio tomorrow to discuss the garbage problem in the parish capital.

According to Gordon the disregard for proper solid waste management especially by business operators and vendors is affecting Port Antonio.

The Gleaner reported last week that the garbage pile-up is causing an unbearable stench in Port Antonio and has already forced the cancellations of at least six cruise ships that were destined for the resort town during the current winter tourist season.

The garbage has become a breeding ground for rats and other rodents, creating panic among business operators whose commercial waste has been left uncollected for several days.