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Fire at Riverton has nothing to do with disposal site - NSWMA

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The massive fire that erupted last night in a section of the community near the Riverton disposal site.

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is dismissing what it describes as misleading reports suggesting that a massive fire that resulted from the burning of tyres in Riverton City, St Andrew last night was connected to operations at the disposal site.

In a statement issued this afternoon, executive director of the NSWMA Audley Gordon said he had made note of "the unfortunate and misleading social media post by Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) regarding the fire in the vicinity of the Riverton City community".

Gordon described the social media post by the environmental lobby as unfortunate since he said he spoke with officials of the entity to point out that the fire had nothing to do with NSWMA operations at the Riverton disposal site.

"It is regrettable that a leading environmental organization like JET could make such an unfortunate and misleading statement even after being provided with the correct information," Gordon said in the statement issued by the NSWMA.

He pointed out that the solid waste collection and management agency has made significant efforts in recent times to improve its management of the disposal site.

"The NSWMA is the first to admit that the solid waste situation in Jamaica is far from where it should be but we are optimistic based on the improvements and efforts being made by the government and management team to address the challenges," Gordon said.