JSIF, NSWMA em­bark on waste-sep­a­ra­tion and com­post project

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

THE JA­MAICA So­cial In­vest­ment Fund (JSIF) has pro­vided just over 2,000 bins and two wood-chip­ping ma­chines val­ued at nearly $22 mil­lion to the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NSWMA).

These will be used to as­sist in improving garbage col­lec­tion and dis­posal in 30 com­mu­ni­ties is­land­wide un­der a waste-sep­a­ra­tion and com­post project be­ing jointly un­der­taken by the agen­cies with in­put from the firm Re­cy­cling Part­ners of Ja­maica. Fund­ing has been pro­vided by the World Bank

The bins, which were ac­quired at a cost of $13 mil­lion, are colour coded to fa­cil­i­tate the sep­a­ra­tion of plas­tic, or­ganic and other ma­te­rial by house­hold­ers.

A to­tal of $8.9 mil­lion was spent to pro­cure the wood­chip­pers, which will be used to as­sist in con­vert­ing ma­te­rial such as fallen tree limbs into com­post.

The pro­vi­sions have been fa­cil­i­tated un­der the JSIFad­min­is­tered In­te­grated Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Project and will see the bins be­ing dis­trib­uted in Kingston, St An­drew, St Cather­ine, Claren­don, St Ann, St James and West­more­land.

It is an­tic­i­pated that ap­prox­i­mately 140,000 per­sons will di­rectly ben­e­fit from the un­der­tak­ing, which will be rolled out over the next four weeks.

The pre­sen­ta­tions were made dur­ing a re­cent cer­e­mony on the com­pound of the NSWMA’s Trans­port De­part­ment on Ha­gley Park Road in Kingston.

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing out­lin­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the JSIF and the NSWMA un­der the project was also signed dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie said the new ini­tia­tive is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued ef­forts to en­sure that proper waste-dis­posal prac­tices are car­ried out in com­mu­ni­ties.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie (right) and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Ja­maica So­cial In­vest­ment Fund (JSIF) Omar Sweeney ex­am­ine one of two wood­chip­per ma­chines which, along with 30 bins, were handed over to the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity by the JSIF.

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