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  • National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Chairman, Dennis Chung, anticipates further improvements in the agency’s service delivery over the next seven months.
  • The Chairman was speaking at the recent launch of the agency’s $7.5-million recycling pilot project at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
  • In noting that the NSWMA’s operations have been “a little bit more transparent and open”, Mr. Chung assured that as regards outstanding audits, “we expect that we will be fully up to date by the end of this year”.

National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Chairman, Dennis Chung, anticipates further improvements in the agency’s service delivery over the next seven months.

This is based, he says, on changes which, among other things, have influenced a change in the public’s seemingly negative perception of the agency, particularly in the aftermath of last year’s massive fire at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston.

“We are getting the operations under control and we are trying to put schedules out there, in terms of garbage collection,” he outlined.

Additionally, Mr. Chung said the management and staff are endeavouring to effectively address complaints reported by householders and other customers and clients.

The Chairman was speaking at the recent launch of the agency’s $7.5-million recycling pilot project at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chung has lauded the NSWMA’s management and staff for their “very supportive” role in helping to change the negative public perception.

He also hailed the support which continues to be provided by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who has portfolio responsibility for the agency, and Permanent Secretary, Denzil Thorpe

In noting that the NSWMA’s operations have been “a little bit more transparent and open”, Mr. Chung assured that as regards outstanding audits, “we expect that we will be fully up to date by the end of this year”.

Consequent on these developments, Mr. Chung is encouraging the agency’s personnel to give consideration to “how we can make the NSWMA the envy of the public sector”.

He argued that repositioning the NSWMA in this regard will require a “cultural shift” that sees the agency moving towards “110 per cent performance in everything that we do”.

However, Mr. Chung said based on the early indicators, he was optimistic that “we are getting there”.

The recycling pilot project, titled ‘Waste Reduction through Waste Separation, Waste Diversion and Recycling’, aims to reduce the high volume of plastic bottles at the Riverton City disposal site.

It will involve partnership with various stakeholders in the recycling of plastic containers.

Approximately 2,000 households, comprising some 10,000 persons from Rollington Town in Kingston, and Caribbean Estates and Caymanas Country Club in St. Catherine, will participate in the six-month pilot.

The Japanese Government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has provided $6.5 million for the undertaking, with the Government of Jamaica, through the NSWMA, contributing the remainder of the funds.

It is anticipated that the equivalent of 347 tonnes of solid waste or 3.8 million plastic bottles will be collected during the implementation.

The NSWMA anticipates that the initiative will be extended to 34 additional communities over the medium term and a greater number in the long run.