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  • The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is appealing to event planners to make adequate provisions for solid waste management, to prevent the littering of the streets.
  • Noting the traditional increase in entertainment events during the festive season, Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, said that waste management can become a major challenge if the necessary provisions are not made early.
  • She is advising event organisers to “get a permit to have your function and ensure that there is a waste management component to your function planning.

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is appealing to event planners to make adequate provisions for solid waste management, to prevent the littering of the streets.

Noting the traditional increase in entertainment events during the festive season, Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, said that waste management can become a major challenge if the necessary provisions are not made early.

“Those entities and persons, who are having events, whether at home or in a public space… indicate how that waste will be managed, not just at the location but to and from the location, because waste management around Christmas time becomes a great challenge for us,” she stated during an interview with JIS News.

She is advising event organisers to “get a permit to have your function and ensure that there is a waste management component to your function planning. If you have problems about it (waste) being collected by private partners, call the NSWMA and we will collect the waste. We do not want it to be on the streets causing a lot of problems.”

Ms. Edwards told JIS News that the NSWMA will be working with Parish Councils and the police to ensure proper solid waste management, particularly at the town centres, where markets exist.

She is appealing to vendors, business people and others to properly contain their waste to make the collection process easier.

“If you bag it, we can collect it a lot quicker so that the streets are free for people to go about their business, or to enjoy themselves,” she noted.

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