Saturday 30 May, 2020

Garbage pile up on Kingston waterfront irks residents, businesses

Photo of garbage pile up at the Kingston waterfront.

Photo of garbage pile up at the Kingston waterfront.

A major pile up of garbage along the Kingston waterfront has irked residents, workers and business owners who argue that it represents a serious health concern and is an embarrassment to the city.

Checks with the public cleansing department and the customer relations departments at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) did not immediately lead to answers behind the garbage accumulation in sections of the downtown district and the entire stretch of the Kingston waterfront, which is a popular stop for tourists in the capital city. 

One woman employed to a well known company in the area labelled the development as a "disgrace". 

"Imagine, look how many businesspersons we have coming here and they are greeted with this filth," she said. "This is not a good look for Kingston and Jamaica as a whole."

The irksome development comes against a release on Monday announcing that the NSWMA will be stepping up operations in town centres across the island for the festive season. 

Beginning December 15th,  the agency will be carrying out night collections in commercial areas - the peak shopping period up to New Year -  between the hours of 9:00 pm and 12:00 am, the release said. 

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