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The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to receive a number of garbage compactors and other necessary equipment, which will boost its solid waste collection and disposal services across the island.
Cabinet has approved the contracts for the acquisition of the equipment, which includes 60 new garbage compactors, at a cost of US$10.8 million; 12 mini garbage compactors at a cost of US$864,000; four crane trucks for US$758,000; an additional crane truck, (rear mounted) for US$212,000; two fuel trucks for US$96,000; two trailer heads for US$208,000; four water trucks for US$520,000 and 12 tipper trucks for US$1.8 million.
Minister of Information and Development, Senator Colin Campbell, who made the announcement at yesterday’s (Sept. 11) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that the provision of these equipment would “modernize and significantly increase the fleet of vehicles available to the NSWMA”.He said there was need to replace “existing aging vehicles in order to ensure improvement in service delivery”.
Senator Campbell informed that the contacts “were awarded in the normal process of tendering, and it is hoped that most of these equipment will start arriving in Jamaica to allow the government to improve the service offered by the NSWMA by the start of next year”.