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Red Stripe Donates $1 Million to Enhance Security at Landfill

Security arrangements at the Riverton City Landfill, off Spanish Town Road in Kingston, are to be further enhanced with a donation of $1 million by brewing company, Red Stripe. The money will be used to, among other things, procure surveillance equipment for the landfill. This is in addition to enhanced…

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PM Urges Proper Disposal of Garbage

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, says every Jamaican has a personal responsibility to properly dispose of their garbage. He noted that the irresponsible disposal of plastics in particular is creating an environmental problem. “Every time we drink a soda and we take that plastic bottle and throw it…

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Access Road to Riverton Landfill to be Completed

The Government will be spending $182.5 million to complete the repair of the access road to the Riverton City Landfill in St. Andrew. This is to improve utilisation of the landfill, and reduce downtime and operating costs for garbage trucks. The money has been provided in the 2016/17 Estimates of…

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Improved Security Arrangements for Riverton

 Security arrangements at the Riverton disposal site are to be improved through the addition of electronic surveillance mechanisms, which will help to prevent unauthorised access to the facility. This is among four priority areas identified for immediate action to strengthen the management of the site. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most…

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Many Entities Interested in Managing Riverton Landfill

At least 50 entities have indicated an interest in managing the operations of the Riverton City landfill in Kingston, under a privatisation arrangement proposed by the Government. This was disclosed by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who spoke with journalists following a tour of the disposal…

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Work on Access Road to Landfill to Be Completed by September

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie (left), is accompanied by National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Executive Director, Colonel Daniel Pryce (second left), and Regional Operations Manager, Adrian Grant (right), on a tour of the Riverton City Landfill, in Kingston, on March 24.

Reconstruction of the access road to the Riverton City landfill in Kingston, being undertaken at a cost of approximately $219.6 million (US$1.8 million), is on course for completion by September. This was noted by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, during a tour of the landfill on…

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Over $69 Million in Upgrading Works Undertaken at Riverton Disposal Site

A 128,000-gallon water storage tank, which has been commissioned into service at the Riverton City disposal site as a fire suppression system, has significantly improved the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s (NSWMA) ability to mitigate fire hazards at the facility. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott,…

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Work Commences On Riverton City Access Road

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Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, yesterday (Nov. 27) launched work on the US$1.8 million project for the rehabilitation of the access road to the Riverton City disposal site. The one-year road construction project, slated to be completed in September 2016, is being undertaken through grant…

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KSAC Approves Motion to Pay $250,000 for Information on Riverton Fire

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), has passed a Motion to pay $250,000 to anyone who can aid in the arrest and conviction of the persons who recently set fire to the Riverton City Disposal site, in St. Andrew. Councillor for the Hagley Park Division, who moved the Motion,…

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Reward for Information on Riverton Fire Increases to $300,000

A reward of $300,000 is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved in starting the fire at the Riverton City disposal site in March. Making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 22, Minister of Local…

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Tyres to Be Removed From Riverton

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says tyres dumped at the Riverton disposal site will be removed as part of measures to minimise future fires. “That will make it less likely for a fire of the magnitude we have had in the recent weeks,” he said.…

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Riverton Fire Update: No Flames at Disposal Site

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in consultation with the Jamaica Fire Brigade is advising that there currently are no flames at the Riverton City Waste Disposal site. The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) continues to conduct mopping-up activities. The routine post-extinguishing process involves a physical search of…

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Riverton Fire Update – Operations Continue to Yield Success

Operations at the Riverton City disposal site continue to yield success. Trucks continue to haul soil from facilities at Ferry in St Catherine and Bull Bay in St Thomas. The soil is being spread over the burnt areas to reduce smoke emission and to prevent rekindling. The Office of Disaster…

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Cooling Down Activities Continue at Riverton City Disposal Site

Operations at the Riverton City disposal site continued this morning with efforts being focused on covering the areas which are still exposed using top soil. Facilities closest to the Disposal Site, such as Waterford, the Portmore Toll Road and Sea View Gardens may experience some smoke nuisance as extinguishing and…

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Riverton Fire Update- Reduction in Smoke Levels Evident

Firefighting activities at the Riverton Disposal Site continued overnight and into today. Up to noon today more than 90% of the area, which was under fire, was totally extinguished and covered with top soil. An additional forty (40) trucks and three (3) front end loaders joined the effort. ALPART and…

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Update 16 : Riverton City Fire

The daytime operations at the Riverton City Disposal Site today yielded much success. The Jamaica Fire Brigade was able to focus its attention on the last two remaining areas of concern. They have reported that based on the achievements of today there should be a significant reduction in the levels…

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Update 15: Riverton City Fire

Continuous monitoring and coordination of resources is being undertaken by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to ensure that progress is realized in attempts to extinguish remaining hotspots at the Riverton City disposal site. Director General of The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Major Clive…

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Local Government Minister Says Fire at Riverton Will be Put Out by Sunday

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says it is expected that the fire at the Riverton City disposal site will be extinguished by Sunday. “There will be residual smoke, but the total extinguishing of the fire that should be as early as tomorrow (Saturday) into Sunday.…

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Update: Riverton City Fire

Efforts are continuing at the Riverton City disposal site to extinguish remaining hotspots. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) continues to mobilize the necessary resources to ensure that  on-the-ground operations are sustained into tonight and tomorrow morning. The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) remains active and urges…

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