Thursday 12 December, 2019

NSWMA receives 11 new compactor garbage trucks

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) and Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (second left) cuts a ribbon to introduce one of the new compactor garbage trucks while NSWMA chairman Dennis Chung (right) and executive director Audley Gorden look on. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) and Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (second left) cuts a ribbon to introduce one of the new compactor garbage trucks while NSWMA chairman Dennis Chung (right) and executive director Audley Gorden look on. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has received 11 new compactor garbage trucks to boost its fleet across the country.

In a statement, the authority said the new units bring to 28, the number of new compactor trucks that have come into the system since the start of the year.

The 11 International trucks are valued at approximately $215 million, which brings to $562 million, the amount that has been spent by the Government on acquiring new garbage compactors since January.

The NSWMA said the regional entities, SPM Waste Management Limited, WPM Waste Management Limited, and MPM Waste Management Limited, are to each receive three of the newest units, and NEPM Waste Management Limited the remaining two units.

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The NSWMA said over recent weeks, the number of compactor garbage units in operation across the country has been reduced because of various mechanical challenges, which resulted in both delays and backlogs in the collection of solid waste from some communities and town centres. The authority said the new units are expected to be used in the clearing of the backlogs and the streamlining of the operations of the regional waste management entities.

The NSWMA said the heads of the regional entities are all pleased at the acquisition, which is expected to significantly improve the servicing of public solid waste disposal needs across the country.

Executive Director of the authority, Audley Gordon, has charged the regional operations managers to maintain the assigned garbage collection schedules and work towards improving operational efficiencies generally.

Gordon said the NSWMA is committed to ensuring that the Vision 30 goal of a healthy, natural environment nationally, is met.

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