Sun | Sep 23, 2018

Gov't working to provide NSWMA with 100 new trucks, boost efficiency

Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 2:06 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) inspects the new compactor garbage trucks with (from left) Linley Reynolds, deputy chairman, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); Audley Gordon, executive director of the NSWMA; Desmond McKenzie, minister of local government and community development; and Dennis Chung, chairman of the NSWMA, at the handover ceremony at Jamaica House in Kingston, on Tuesday.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) should have close to the 100 new trucks it needs to operate efficiently in 18 months.

Speaking at the handing over of 11 new trucks to the NSWMA yesterday, McKenzie said every effort is being made to provide the agency with the resources it needs to improve garbage collection across the island.

The trucks were acquired at a cost of $214.7 million.

McKenzie implored Jamaicans to pay their property taxes since this is what government depends on to fund services like garbage collection.

NSWMA Chairman Dennis Chung says the waste collection and management agency is now in a better position to collect garbage twice weekly with the addition of the 11 new trucks to its fleet.

However, Chung cautioned that the NSWMA may still not be able to do so consistently since the 11 trucks are just a small number of the 100 trucks it needs to fulfil this target.

He also implored Jamaicans to become property tax compliant since the NSWMA will depend greatly on the tax to fund its activities.