Garbage collection in Negril residential communities inadequate, says hotelier
Negril Resort Board member and proprietor of the Charela Inn Resort Daniel Grizzle says the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has been providing inadequate residential garbage collection services in favour of collections for commercial entities.
"One of the things I find disgusting is that the parish council truck and the NSWMA truck are now allowed to go into commercial entities to collect their garbage, but how can they be allowed to do this when they are unable to cope with the domestic garbage, which they are obliged to take up?" Grizzle said during an interview with Western Focus recently. "Only when they reach a stage where they can adequately deal with the domestic garbage should they give any consideration to going into private contracts."
Grizzle said residential communities were being left strewn with garbage.
"When the truck comes out, it takes up the commercial waste, which is under private contract and it leaves all the residential garbage along the road for dogs to scatter all over. Now, this has to stop, because with all the diseases that are breaking out all over the world, we are only threatening our lives, just because we are nasty," said Grizzle.
When contacted, regional operations manager at the NSWMA, Eifert Daley, denied the claims made by the hotelier.
"That is far from the truth," said Daley. "There is no basis on which any individual company or resident can make that comment, as we have been able to stick to the once-per-week schedule that we have for our (residential) collection," he said.
"We do experience problems periodically with our trucks and that's the only reason why sometimes we are not able to meet the once-per-week schedule for all residents in western Jamaica, that is, St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, for which I am responsible," he added.
Cebert McFarlane, councillor for Leamington Division of the Westmoreland Parish Council, said that although he was not in total agreement with Grizzle, a lot more efficiency was needed from the NSWMA, including new garbage trucks for the parish and better monitoring of staff members that carry out duties there.
"I don't see where it is too much of a burden for the NSWMA to collect both commercial and residential garbage, as long as all their units are working," McFarlane said. "They need at least two more garbage trucks in Westmoreland and they also need better monitoring of their staff because I have tracked NSWMA workers and find them not going into certain areas on a particular day."