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The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is in the process of identifying a suitable arrangement for the relocation of the Doctor’s Wood landfill in Portland.

This follows a request by the owner of the property for the facility to be removed.

NSWMA and the property owner had reached an agreement several years ago for a section of the lands, located in Buff Bay, to be temporarily used for the landfill.

The matter was initially highlighted by Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, at the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives in March, during the members’ deliberations on the 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure.

NSWMA Executive Director, Audley Gordon, told JIS News that the agency has been exploring several alternatives, including identifying a suitable location where portable bins could be placed to facilitate solid waste deposits and, thereafter, carting these off to a larger disposal facility.

“That is something we are looking at… which we [would] need to do some fine-tuning on… so that we can, at least in good faith, stop depositing solid waste at that [Doctor’s Wood] location,” he said.

Other options include purchasing the Doctor’s Wood property or exploring a land swap arrangement.

Mr. Gordon advised that the NSWMA’s Legal and Operations Departments have been actively pursuing several resolutions, adding that the matter continues to be discussed by the entity’s Board, and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has been approached for assistance.

“So although we are still operating the facility at Doctor’s Wood, a number of things are being done in a bid to resolve the matter,” Mr. Gordon said.

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