En­ter­prise team named for solid waste man­age­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PRIME MIN­IS­TER An­drew Hol­ness yes­ter­day an­nounced the for­ma­tion of a nine-mem­ber en­ter­prise team to man­age the process of the Gov­ern­ment’s waste-to-en­ergy pro­gramme, as well as con­tract­ing out solid waste man­age­ment and col­lec­tion.

The team will also man­age the di­vest­ment of the River­ton City land­fill.

The mem­bers of the en­ter­prise team are: I Lyt­tle­ton Shirley, chair­man. I Dr Mil­ton Clarke, deputy chair­man.

Mil­ver­ton Reynolds, rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the De­vel­op­ment Bank of Ja­maica.

Rochelle Dacres, rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Min­istry of Fi­nance Pub­lic Ser­vice.

Fitzroy Vi­dal, rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Min­istry of Science, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy.

Dr Ker­rine Se­nior, rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment & Plan­ning Agency.

Aud­ley Gor­don, rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity.

Pa­trick Gor­don, me­chan­i­cal engi­neer.

Paul Tai, at­tor­ney-at-law. Hol­ness said it was en­vi­sioned that, over time, the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity will move to­wards be­ing a reg­u­la­tor, rather than a col­lec­tor, of solid waste. “This does not mean that the jobs in­volved in waste col­lec­tion and man­age­ment will be af­fected. In fact, what is likely to hap­pen is that there will be a more or­gan­ised in­dus­try cre­ated around the busi­ness of waste man­age­ment and col­lec­tion, which will cre­ate more em­ploy­ment. And so this move will be bet­ter for ev­ery­body,” said Hol­ness.

IN­TER­ESTS & BIDS

The prime min­is­ter said the Gov­ern­ment has re­ceived more than 30 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­ests to ei­ther bid on the waste to en­ergy pro­gramme or to col­lect solid waste, or both.

“Ul­ti­mately, this project will en­sure that solid waste is not the end of the con­sump­tion cy­cle but rather be­comes an in­put into an­other cy­cle of pro­duc­tion, which gives solid waste some eco­nomic value,” added the prime min­is­ter.

Hol­ness also said the World Bank has agreed to con­duct a fea­si­bil­ity study be­gin­ning in Novem­ber to de­ter­mine the amount of waste be­ing pro­duced, the type of waste pro­duced, and whether or not the waste can be used to make en­ergy.

Hol­ness also stressed the im­por­tance of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity in the proper dis­posal of solid waste by all Jamaicans.

Lyt­tle­ton Shirley

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