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Drivers and sidemen directly employed to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) have been given an opportunity to vie for prizes in the recently launched ‘Get the Cash Competition.’
The competition is part of efforts to improve the quality of service delivery and to raise the morale of NSWMA sanitation teams across the island.
The launch took place at the Western Parks and Markets (WPM) office in Montego Bay, recently.
Executive Director of the NSWMA, Joan Gordon Webley brought greetings at the launch, while Mayor of Montego Bay, Charles Sinclair, declared the competition open.
“My door and telephone lines are always open to you. You are the lifeblood of the Agency. Without you I do not have a job,” Mrs. Gordon Webley told the members of NSWMA teams.
The competition began on July 7 and will end on May 31, 2009. The grand prize winning team will be announced on June 6, 2009, which will be celebrated as National Solid Waste Day. Quarterly prizes will be awarded to top regional teams, while the grand prize winning team will receive $200,000.00 and other prizes to be shared among them. A team comprises one driver and three sidemen.
Judging for the competition, which is open to drivers and sidemen directly employed to the NSWMA, takes place once per week, while drawings for prizes will occur every three months. The judges include Zonal Monitors, Public Cleansing Managers, Regional Operations Managers and the company’s Customer Relations Officers.
The criteria used to judge the teams include cleanliness of trucks, general attitude towards work and team spirit, punctuality, attendance record, accident record, attire and general appearance and deportment, timely and complete collection of garbage and interest shown in alerting residents of their arrival in communities, customer complaints for assigned routes, customer services and general feedback from the communities.