NHV2 meets with NSWMA about garbage collection
Faced with irregular garbage collection and the unbearable sight of overflowing garbage bins, the NHV2 citizens' association sought audience with the management of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to express the concerns of the community and to propose solutions that could possible reduce the discomfort currently being experienced by residents.
***Damian Francis, Director of Community Affairs - NHVII CA (second right) makes a point to Linden Thomas, Public Cleansing Manager - NSWMA (right) at a recently held meeting between the NHVII CA and the agency to birng attention to the irregular garbage collection within the community. Listening attentively are Norma Ebanks, committee member - NHVII maintenance commitee (left) and Pamella Shirley, Director of Maintenance - NHVII CA (second left)***
Members from association last Wednesday met with Mr. Linden Thomas, Public Cleansing Manager at the NSWMA where several garbage collection concerns facing the community were discussed. The meeting was held at the agency’s head offices.
Request yet to be received
Mr. Thomas revealed that the NSWMA has not received any documentation from the parish council to formally request garbage collection from his agency. He pointed out that before the parish council can submit this request to the NSWMA, Gore Development Limited must first initiate the process and to the best of his knowledge no such request has been made by the developers.
"We have not received any documentation from the parish council to say that NHV2 is ready for collection" said Mr. Thomas. "We are basically doing the community a favour" he added.
***Linden Thomas, Public Cleansing Manager - NSWMA (second left) explains the mandate of his agency to Damian Francis, Director of Community Affairs - NHVII CA (left) as Pamella Shirley, Director of Maintenance - NHVII CA (centre), Norma Ebanks, committee member - NHVII maintenance commitee (second right) and Jason Palmer committee member - NHVII maintenance commitee listens keenly. The committee had sought audience with the NSWMA to hightlight the discomfort faced by residents regarding the irregular garbage collections.***
Mr. Thomas highlighted that one of the reasons contributing to the irregular garbage collection within the community stems from inadequate resources and the dependency on private contractors.
"The NSWMA depends solely on private contractors (trucks) as the government basically does not own any trucks" said Mr. Thomas.
He also revealed that Old Harbour is assigned approximately 4-5 trucks which are sometimes faced with mechanical issues.
When asked of possible improvements in collection, Mr. Thomas he was cautious in his response, only saying that the community could see some difference in collection when the formal request was sent by the parish council.
The NSWMA was established under the National Solid Waste Management Authority
Act (2001) as a statutory body to manage the collection, treatment and disposal of solid waste Island wide. The Authority is governed by a board of directors appointed by the Ministry of Local Government.