Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer
A BACKLOG of garbage collection in Trelawny, dating back to August 25, is causing concerns for the Trelawny Parish Council.
Michael Seivwright, local representative for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), attributed the problem to the company not having enough compactors to facilitate a robust garbage-collection programme.
"There are only two garbage compactors available to serve the entire parish, and this is what is contributing to the backlog," Seivwright said during last Thursday's monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council.
He highlighted the problem of illegal dumping in Falmouth, Salt Marsh and Duncans, pointing out that the NSWMA will be taking the necessary steps to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Meanwhile, councillor for the Wakefield division Jonathan Bartley criticised the NSWMA for failing to carry out its basic function to the taxpayers.
Bartley said there are schools in his division that are experiencing a serious backlog in garbage collection, a situation he fears will eventually create a health crisis.
In her remarks, Telka Holt, councillor for the Sherwood division, pointed to a pile-up of garbage in front of the council building which she said must be addressed.