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NSWMA seeking funding to operate Riverton City landfill legally

Published:Tuesday | March 11, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jennifer Edwards, says her agency is seeking financing to position itself to obtain an environmental permit to operate the Riverton City landfill in St Andrew.




The dump has been operating without an environmental permit for more than 25 years.



However, Edwards says the NSWMA has already submitted its application and requisite documents.



Edwards also says more funding is needed to be able to meet other conditions that are necessary for a permit.



She is hopeful that funding will be found in the agency’s budget to meet the requirements for a permit in the next financial year.



Edwards says the NSWMA is collaborating with the University of the West Indies to get some things done given the agency’s financial constraints.



She says she has had discussions with the ministries of finance and local government on the issue of permits for the main garbage disposal sites in the island.



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