New transfer station being built for garbage in Negril

Desmond McKenzie
A new transfer station is to be erected in the western end of Jamaica in response to the pile up of garbage in Negril, Westmoreland.
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said it will be constructed in either Westmoreland or Hanover.
Mr. McKenzie, who toured sections of Negril last week, disclosed that some businesses are part of the problem as they are not making arrangements to dispose of their commercial waste.
He added that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has issued notices to the offenders. 
Mr. McKenzie said the new transfer station is needed because, at present, waste from Westmoreland has to be transported to the Retirement dump in St. James and this affects the turnaround time in collection. 
Funding has already been allocated to erect another transfer station in Trelawny, Mr. McKenzie noted. 
He was speaking to reporters after meeting with members of the Negril Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
Municipality status
Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said consideration is being given to granting municipality status to Negril.
He said instructions have been issued by Prime Minister Andrew Holness for discussions to take place. 
The suggestion to grant Negril municipality status came in 2016 from then president of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, Hotelier Lee Issa.
He argued that such a move would assist stakeholders in effectively administering the town's affairs.

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