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  • Cabinet has approved a contract valued at €1,977,500 for the purchase of 17 Renault Garbage Compactor Trucks for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).
  • Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement at a Jamaica House media briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on October 28.
  • The Minister noted that the NSWMA’s islandwide fleet for the collection and disposal of domestic and commercial waste consists of 52 units.

Cabinet has approved a contract valued at €1,977,500 for the purchase of 17 Renault Garbage Compactor Trucks for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement at a Jamaica House media briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on October 28.

The Minister noted that the NSWMA’s islandwide fleet for the collection and disposal of domestic and commercial waste consists of 52 units.

“To operate at optimal efficiency, the Authority needs a fleet of approximately 172 trucks.  Since 2013, supplementary contractors have been engaged and the NSWMA has overall access to some 126 trucks,” she added.

The Minister said that despite the access to 126 trucks, there is still a severe backlog in collection due to the turn-out of less than 50 per cent of the trucks required from contractors.

“There is an urgent need to replenish the NSWMA fleet. Renault garbage compactors have proven more reliable than others, as spare parts for these vehicles are easily accessible locally. The trucks will be delivered within the next six months,” Senator Falconer informed.