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  • The removal of tyres from the Riverton City disposal site is underway and is to be completed within a month.
  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, made the disclosure at a press conference held at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston on Thursday, December 17, following a tour of the disposal site.
  • He said the tyres are being moved to a National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)-approved location.

The removal of tyres from the Riverton City disposal site is underway and is to be completed within a month.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, made the disclosure at a press conference held at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston on Thursday, December 17, following a tour of the disposal site.

He said the tyres are being moved to a National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)-approved location.

The removal of the tyres forms part of efforts by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to reduce the incidence of fire at the disposal site.

Tyres are the major fuel for fires at the site and the burning of tyres has, in the past, resulted in major air pollution hazard in the Kingston Metropolitan Region.

The NSWMA has also partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to remove 5, 000 tyres for use in the construction of artificial reefs.

Minister Arscott informed that gas venting units have been installed, in order to address the problem of spontaneous fires associated with the accumulation of landfill gas.

The vents were created using metal drums, crushed stones and perforated pipes.