NSWMA adopts tech to tackle pol­lu­tion

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THE NA­TIONAL Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NSWMA) re­cently launched a mo­bile app in a move that utilises tech­nol­ogy to counter pol­lu­tion.

“An in­ef­fi­cient solid waste man­age­ment sys­tem can cre­ate se­ri­ous neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, (such as) in­fec­tious diseases, land and water pol­lu­tion, ob­struc­tion of drains and loss of bio­di­ver­sity,” said a re­lease from the NSWMA.

With fea­tures in­clud­ing ‘Re­port’ on garbage in the pub­lic space, the ‘Pick-up’ sched­ule for the is­land, and ‘Re­cy­cling’ tips, the new app is in­tended to help to guard against those out­comes.

“Res­i­dents who sub­mit a re­port re­ceive a ref­er­ence num­ber and are up­dated fol­low­ing the re­moval of the garbage,” noted Kim­ber­ley Blair, com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager at the NSWMA.

“Al­ready, res­i­dents have been re­ally help­ful. They have re­ported not just in Kingston, but in Claren­don and Ocho Rios, and those sites were vis­ited and cleared within 24 hours,” she added.

APP DE­VEL­OP­MENT

The app was de­vel­oped by Esirom Lim­ited, a com­pany known for its suc­cess in the dig­i­tal land­scape and which also prides it­self on work­ing on projects that per­form a so­cial good.

“The app works well and we can’t thank Esirom enough for their col­lab­o­ra­tion on this project. It is said that it takes a vil­lage to raise a child; we be­lieve it also takes a vil­lage to help im­prove our en­vi­ron­ment,” Blair noted.

Tajé Carter, dig­i­tal sys­tems spe­cial­ist at Esirom Lim­ited, said the app is de­signed to at­tract and en­cour­age users.

“Through­out the de­vel­op­ment and de­sign process, we felt it was im­por­tant to pro­duce a prod­uct that was pre­sented at­trac­tively but also easy to use, so that peo­ple could seam­lessly re­port dump­ing. I en­cour­age all Ja­maicans to make use of the app and as­sist the NSWMA in their mis­sion,” he said.

“The app will aid in the bet­ter­ment of our pub­lic spa­ces, roads, schemes, com­mu­ni­ties. This will bring com­fort to all Ja­maicans and vis­i­tors, and Esirom was elated to fa­cil­i­tate this process,” added Esirom Di­rec­tor Alex Mor­ris­sey.

The app is avail­able for both iOS and An­droid users and can be ac­cessed by typ­ing in: NSWMA in the Ap­ple or Google Play app store.

CON­TRIB­UTED

NSWMA Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Man­ager Kim­ber­ley Blair (cen­tre) with Esirom dig­i­tal sys­tems spe­cial­ist Tajé Carter (left) and Esirom Di­rec­tor Alex Mor­ris­sey at the re­cent launch of the NSWMA app.

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