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Spanish Town mayor upset with the NSWMA

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer
Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott

Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott says he is not please with the garbage collection in Spanish Town and its environs and has called on the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to step up its garbage-collection drive going into the holiday season.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation last Thursday, Scott, in support of his fellow councillors, who all expressed disgust with the present collection efforts by the entity, says he is tired of calling the senior management of the NSWMA to bring their attention to the garbage pile-up in the former capital.

"I have to be calling the entity all the time to get garbage collected in Spanish Town and its environs. The pile-up would have been worse if the corporation had not established a mechanism to assist with the collection," the mayor disclosed.

"We are very displeased with what is going on now with garbage collection in Spanish Town and we want something better," Scott continued.

He observed that it is clear that the NSWMA is having major problems dealing with garbage collection and must find ways to address the issue, especially approaching the holiday season when there will be increased garbage in many households and business places.

The issue of transportation problems raised by an NSWMA representative who attended the meeting did not go over well with the councillors, who suggested that the garbage collection agency must find ways to address this long-standing problem that has been impeding their collection efforts over the years.

The mayor then asserted that the only recourse left for him was to bring media attention to the problem and hope that the public shaming of the NSWMA might bring about some satisfactory results.

Meanwhile, residents of the Green Acres suburb of Spanish Town are calling for increased garbage collection in their community, citing inconsistency with the present collection efforts. The residents said the scheduled once-per-week collection, that sometimes does not materialised, should be improved to avoid the pile-up they are currently experiencing.