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Some 31 sanitation workers were honoured recently, by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), for exemplary service to the organisation and its customers.
The winners and runners up were chosen from all four regions and awarded prizes under the ‘Get the Cash’ Competition, an initiative of Executive Director of the NSWMA, Joan Gordon-Webley, who firmly believes in recognising exceptional service.
Prizes for the winning teams in the first quarter of the competition were offered by H.D. Hopwood, Wisynco, Lasco, Digicel and Jamaica Biscuit Company.
Otis Myrie, Byron Martin, Wyndel Campbell and Dinsdale Gibson emerged winners for Western Parks and Markets (WPM); David Beadle, Sydney Campbell, Errol Coley and Carlton Saunders, won for Southern Parks and Markets (SPM); Velta Smith, Esrick Robinson, Clevelon Johnson and Donald Smith, were champions for Metropolitan Parks and Markets (MPM); and Martin Lopez, Richard Fisher, Patrick Thompson and Eghart Williams, emerged winners for the North Eastern Parks and Markets. Runner-up teams also received prizes.
Quarterly prizes are awarded to top regional teams, while the grand prize winning team at the end of the competition will receive $200,000.00 and other prizes to be shared among members. A team comprises one driver and three sidemen.
Judging for the competition, which is open to drivers and sidemen directly employed to the NSWMA, takes place once per week, while prizes are awarded every three months. The judges include Zonal Monitors, Public Cleansing Managers, Regional Operations Managers and the company’s Customer Relations Officers.
The criteria used to judge the teams, include: cleanliness of trucks, general attitude towards work, team spirit, punctuality, attendance record, accident record, attire and general appearance and deportment, timely and complete collection of garbage and interest shown in alerting residents of their arrival in communities, customer complaints for assigned routes, customer service and general feedback from the communities.