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Land identified to relocate families on Retirement landfill

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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LOCAL Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the Administration has now identified an area to relocate 22 families living on the Retirement landfill in St James.

In July, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) began negotiations with a Government entity to secure lands to assist in the relocation of people living on the landfill. This followed two major fires at the facility, which the Government said it spent more than $12 million to extinguish.

The minister also announced that the Social Development Commission (SDC) will be carrying out a survey of the persons living on the Retirement Landfill in St James, to assist in their relocation.

He was speaking at the handing-over of three garbage trucks to the NSWMA by the Government, yesterday.

“The Government is committed to removing those persons and ensuring that the dump is free from persons living there…we can't just remove these people from the landfiull, we have to ensure that once we remove them, we find somewhere to put them. We have to do the proper assessment to determine how we go about the relocation,” McKenzie stated.

Meanwhile, executive director of the NSWMA Audley Gordon again appealed to Jamaicans to properly containerise their waste, and assist the agency in its campaign of reducing garbage, through recycling.

“We would love to see less garbage, and we appeal to the country to help us with our campaign of reduce, reuse and recycle. We are producing garbage at a rate that is just out of this world. You will lean an area at one o'clock and by two o'clock you wonder where so much garbage come from in that are because we area not practicing the reducing method. Neither are we practicing the containerisation best practices that we have asked that you get involved in. We want to do a good job for you, but we want your help,” Gordon stated.

The trucks, which value approximately $25 million each, bring to 30 the total number of new trucks added to the agency's fleet since 2016, minister Mckenzie said at the presentation which was made at the NSWMA's Half-Way-Tree road offices. He said another 12 trucks are to be presented to the authority by the end of this year.

Western Parks and Market Region Waste Management Limited (Ltd), Northern Parks and Market Waste Management Ltd and Metropolitan Parks and Market Waste Management Ltd will each receive one unit to assist with the collection and transportation of solid waste.

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