Friday 10 April, 2020

NSWMA steps up garbage collection as corona concerns intensifies but..

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has issued a call for members of the public to adhere to proper garbage disposable practices as the organisation seeks to step up its operations across the island.

Calls have come especially at a time when concerns have been rising across the island regarding the coronavirus.

Head of organisation Audley Gordon, in a press release, said that while the NSWMA has taken a decision to ensure that they continue to deliver critical service of garbage collection steps have also been taken to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the members of the organisation through training and distribution of proper protective gears.

Gordon said it was also important for members of the public to play their part.

“The NSWMA calls on citizens to join us in taking all measures possible to contain the spread of this virus,” the release stated.

Some actions you can take to support our crews include:

• Securing your household garbage by properly bagging, tying, and placing in a container (drum, mesh, receptacle or skip) for collection.
• Double bagging garbage containing tissue, gloves, face masks and diapers.
• Placing your storage receptacle at the front of the premises where it can be accessed without hindrance 24 hours per day.

According to Gordon, the organisation has provided training and protective gears for staff members in an effort to protect themselves but it was also important that members of the public play their part in ensuring members of the organisation were kept safe.

 The NSWMA in the release says that it has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on national and world events for nearly two months.

“We know COVID-19 will impact several communities and as an essential service provider, our top priorities are the health, safety and welfare of our employees and the citizens of Jamaica.

The Authority and its regional bodies – MPM, SPM, NEPM and WPM, have taken the necessary measures to ensure that we continue to deliver the critical service of garbage collection while ensuring the safety and well-being of our customers, team members and their families. An intense training series was facilitated during the months of January and February 2020 and our crews are equipped to protect themselves and those they serve.

Our sanitation workers will maintain their regular shifts to ensure solid waste is collected.

“If you have or see uncollected garbage, feel free to contact us on our toll-free and Whatsapp numbers or via our social media pages,” the release stated.

The Toll-Free number is 1888 CLEAN-JA (18882532652) Whatsapp: 876.448.3220

Community Development, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and all stakeholders to ensure we have accurate and up-to-date information to share with our staff and keep them safe.


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