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  • Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says a number of companies have expressed interest in setting up waste to energy plants in Jamaica.
  • The plan also includes the beautification of cities and townships.
  • He said lamps will be retrofitted with energy-savings bulbs in order to reduce cost to the Government.

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says a number of companies have expressed interest in setting up waste to energy plants in Jamaica.

Making the disclosure during a sitting of the Standing Finance Committee in the House of Representatives on May 4, Mr. McKenzie informed that submissions have been received from both local and overseas entities.

He said the proposals are being reviewed by the Ministry.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon.  Andrew Holness, in March announced a plan to implement a comprehensive waste management programme to include separation of degradable from non-degradable waste at source, and the divestment of the Riverton City disposal site into a waste to energy operation.

The plan also includes the beautification of cities and townships.

Turning to other matters, Mr. McKenzie said the Ministry is working with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to repair damaged street lights.  He said that there are no plans to install new street lights this year.

He said lamps will be retrofitted with energy-savings bulbs in order to reduce cost to the Government.

Further details will be provided during the Minister’s contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate.