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The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), has started negotiations towards installing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) on its fleet of garbage trucks.
Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Desmond McKenzie, in his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday (Jan. 30), said that the acquisition of the technology “will address one of the major problems affecting garbage collection, which is the failure of the main offices to maintain schedules and to effectively monitor the crews and units on the streets.”
Turning to other developments, he informed that the NSWMA has started dividing the parishes into zones, starting with those in the west, so that work could be contracted out and the NSWMA would be better able to monitor the service.
The authority is also acquiring some 100 vehicles to assist with garbage collection, and private collectors will be required to have their operations licensed, so as to facilitate collection and disposal of both domestic and commercial garbage.
Senator McKenzie stated that residents also have a role to play in keeping their surroundings clean.
“We cannot continue to throw food and juice boxes through the windows of vehicles and dump debris in our gullies, without considering the problems that this kind of behaviour creates for the service. Cleanliness is not a job for the NSWMA only. It is a civil duty and residents need to co-operate with the NSWMA crews to ensure that their communities are kept clean,” Senator McKenzie implored.