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The Government will be embarking on a major programme of waste separation across the Corporate Area by next year, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, has announced.

Speaking at the Rotary Club of New Kingston’s breakfast meeting at the Pollyanna Restaurant in Kingston, on November 30, Mr. Arscott informed that the Ministry has implemented a number of pilot projects in several communities, in an effort to assess the potential success of the initiative.

Projects have been launched in Hope Pastures, St. Andrew, downtown Kingston and in Montego Bay, St. James, and have been quite successful, he informed.

“In the coming year, we want to expand the programme where we begin the separation from the homes. Because the bulk of the garbage coming from the homes is usually garden cuttings, the separation programme will help us in making collection and disposal much easier,” Mr. Arscott said.

“As soon as we work it out, we are going to expand (the programme) right across the city and into Montego Bay and across the country, so that we begin the process that is done everywhere in the world in developed societies,” he added.  

The Minister informed that the programme will involve the distribution of colour coded disposal containers for specific waste materials, including agricultural waste and plastic containers. 

He said the Ministry has also established a composting programme through which it intends to make fertilizer from agricultural waste, pointing out that a composting site has been established in Ferry, St. Catherine, for this purpose.

“We didn’t want to put those (agricultural waste) into the Riverton (Landfill) and compact them with the rest of the garbage. We want to separate them, so that we can use them to make fertilizer and begin to reuse our useful waste,” he remarked.

The Minister informed that the Government is currently in negotiations with interested investors to see how it can start making a profit from waste collection and disposal.