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The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), is planning to close the Church Corner disposal site in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, and to use it as a transfer station.
This was noted by the Regional Operations Manager at the NSWMA, David Bloomfield, while addressing community leaders at a Local Government Month symposium, held at the Morant Villas, in St. Thomas.
Mr. Bloomfield said that the NSWMA would be acquiring a transfer station container, to be placed at the site.
“The trucks could drive up on a ramp, tip into this container, and the container would compact the garbage. So, instead of having 20 trucks running up and down the road with garbage, what we do is to have the trucks tip at a central point and then drive it (garbage) to a disposal site or hopefully, a waste to energy plant,” he said.
In the meantime, he informed that a full-time attendant would be stationed at the site, to ensure the orderly disposal of garbage. He said that some truck operators often dispose of their waste in the centre of the site.
“We can’t have that. There has to be some sort of organisation, some sort of structure,” he added.
In relation to the payment of an administrative fee, which has been introduced at all disposal sites, Mr. Bloomfield said that it would not be imposed at the Church Corner site until a gate is installed.