NSWMA receives six garbage trucks
Three regional entities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) received six of the budgeted 28 compactor garbage trucks from the Government of Jamaica on Monday.
The handover ceremony was held at the head office of the NSWMA in Kingston.
Three regional entities that received the trucks are North Eastern Parks and Markets Waste Management Limited, which serves the parishes of Portland, St Mary and St Ann; the Southern Parks and Market Waste Management Limited, which serves Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth; and the Western Parks and Markets Waste Management Limited, which serves the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.
The Renault garbage compactors were acquired at a cost of just more than $20 million each. The six units handed over cost the Government $120.4 million.They are are expected to help clear the collection backlog and streamline current operations across a number of regions.
Tracey Fakhourie, regional operations manager for NEPM Waste Management Limited expressed that, “with these two garbage compactors, the NEPM region will be on the path to improving its service delivery due to the ability to make timely and full collection of solid waste from communities where residents are in backlog”.
Edward Muir, regional operations manager for the SPM region expressed similar sentiments and added that, “the region is working to achieve world class standards in collection because this is what the people in the region deserves; these trucks will aid our efforts”.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, NSWMA executive director Audley Gordon assured the public that, “efforts to provide the tools for getting the job of waste management done is the mandate of the NSWMA, and is taken very seriously”. He further stated that, “with the remaining 22 garbage compactor trucks, the NSWMA expects will help the NSWMA achieve goal number 4 of Vision 2030- Jamaica National Development Plan to ensure that Jamaica has a healthy natural environment”.
FEATURED PHOTO: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie demonstrates the controls of one of the new garbage trucks.