The Government and private enterprise are reportedly planning an initiative to remove old tyres from all dump sites across the country, starting next month.
Government Senator Matthew Samuda told a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights, St Andrew that old tyres have contributed to many fires at garbage disposal sites, particularly at Riverton City, the largest in the country.
The senator said the intention is to create a mechanism, which will allow the country to reuse these tyres.
“The tyres are going to become an input for a couple manufacturers (and) based on what they are expected to use, Jamaica won’t have any old tyres…,”he said, predicting that that point at which the country will run out of old tyres could be in four years.
“It’s a big deal,” he stressed.
The burning of tyres releases harmful pollutants that can lead to public health problems.
Senator Samuda predicted that “the pillowing black smoke,” seen on Spanish Town Road whenever there’s a fire at the Riverton disposal site will soon be a thing of the past.
He did not share details of the “exciting” new business ventures that he predicts will eliminate the problem, saying only that the portfolio minister will do that within weeks.