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NSWMA working to implement governance & operational improvements

National Solid Waste Management Authority | 2016-04-08 00:00:00

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has identified the four areas of highest priority for action, which coincide with the recent Investigative Report of the Office of the Public Defender into the March 2015 Fire at the Riverton Disposal Site. These are:

1. The completion of the current consultations with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), and the satisfaction of compliance requirements in order to maintain and/or obtain  environmental certification for the operation of Riverton and the other Disposal Sites managed by the NSWMA.

2. The enhancement of the speed with which contemporary financial controls are implemented, to ensure accountability, efficiency and compliance with all standards of financial reporting and the requirements of all statutes governing the Agency.

3. The enhancement of the Agency’s levels of service delivery, with special emphases on its waste collection and waste disposal responsibilities.

4. The improvement in the security of the Disposal Site through the addition of electronic surveillance mechanisms, to the system of patrols which help to prevent unauthorized access to the facility.

With Cabinet having approved a new Board, which was announced on Thursday, April 7, 2016 the public can be further assured that all the changes to be implemented will be done within a clear corporate governance framework, with the necessary oversight being provided once the Board is convened.

The Report tabled in Parliament is a most timely and comprehensive framework for continued action, and the Agency will work diligently to increase the intensity of corrective implementation.

The NSWMA is especially heartened by the Public Defender’s observation that “several of the shortcomings disclosed in the investigations have since been addressed following the changes which were implemented in the aftermath of that March 2015 Inferno”.

This is welcomed acknowledgement of the work that was already done in the 2015/2016 Financial Year, when the NSWMA implemented, among other things:

a. The installation of a fire suppression system, and a gas extraction system at the Riverton Disposal Site.
b. The retrofitting of the Weigh Scale at the facility.
c. The improvement of waste management at the Disposal Site through Tipping cell design and division, and improved odour and dust control.
d. The improvement of the road network within the Site, to enhance efficiency and security.e. The continuous reconciliation of the accounts of the NSWMA, emerging from the audit of the Agency that was commissioned by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. An Agency team continues to work to implement the recommendations of that audit.

The National Solid Waste Management Authority is committed to playing our part in ensuring a clean Jamaica through effective solid waste management in order to maintain a clean and healthy environment comparable to global standards.

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