Thu | Feb 22, 2018

NSWMA closer to becoming a regulator

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 11:40 AM

Plans to divest the commercial activities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) are a little closer to reality now with the start of pre-feasibility study on the divestment possibilities.

Chairman of the enterprise team overseeing the divestment process, Lyttleton Shirley, says a consultant has already been engaged to prepare a pre-feasibility study report on an Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) for Jamaica.

According to Shirley, the study will feature options for public-private partnerships, potential changes in regulations to achieve an ISWMS and an implementation plan which will guide the enterprise team.

The final pre-feasibility report is expected to be completed in July 2017.

IN PHOTO: Lyttleton Shirley

The Government, through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, is seeking to develop a comprehensive solid waste management programme, which would, over time, allow the NSWMA to focus on being a regulator rather than an operator.

The programme will provide opportunities for private sector investments to enhance the overall solid waste management service quality.

The reformed programme will give consideration to maximising waste collection, waste sorting, recycling, waste to energy, recovery and reduction of waste going to landfills; moving gradually to minimum waste, while safeguarding the socio-economic needs of citizens in the surrounding communities and improving the quality of life and public health in general.

The Shirley-led enterprise team is being supported by the Development Bank of Jamaica as transaction managers and secretariat.