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NSWMA to get first shipment of new compactor trucks in two weeks

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 1:23 AM

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Denzil Thorpe, says the first shipment from a total of 17 new compactor trucks procured by the government will arrive in Jamaica in another two weeks.

He says the next shipment will arrive in February and another in April.

The full complement will arrive in the next financial year.

Thorpe was speaking last week at the handing over of two new tipper trucks donated by the Government of Japan.

The trucks, which are valued at $21 million dollars, arrived in the island in December last year.

They were officially handed over during the closing ceremony for a cooperation pilot project on solid waste reduction between the NSWMA and the Japan International Co-operation Agency on Friday.

The pilot project was launched in July 2016 to reduce solid waste, with the ultimate aim of decreasing the high volume of plastic bottles at the Riverton City disposal site.

Householders were asked to separate regular garbage from recyclable waste over a six-month period.

Approximately 2,000 households were targeted in Rollington Town in Kingston, and Caribbean Estates and Caymanas Country Club in St Catherine.