50 new garbage trucks to be deployed next week

Some of the newly arrived garbage trucks

Executive Director of the NSWMA Audley Gordon

The 50 new garbage trucks recently acquired by the Government will be deployed next week.

The trucks represent half of the number the Government is procuring to boost the fleet of the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Communities across the island have been complaining about a pile-up of garbage which the NSWMA has blamed on not having enough trucks.

Executive Director of the NSWMA Audley Gordon told Radio Jamaica News that the new units will make a huge difference.

“Once they are handed over, they will be in the communities and we will begin the process of trying to pay back some of the debt that we have incurred with the people,” he said.

He acknowledged that the 50 new trucks will not be enough to solve the island-wide garbage collection problem (another 50 are scheduled to be added to the fleet shortly), but sought to assure the public that “it will give us a good boost, and we’ll be able to push a little quicker through the communities more efficiently and… cut the complaints down significantly.”

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