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Enterprise Team Named for Divestment of Riverton Landfill

Enterprise Team Named for Divestment of Riverton Landfill
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre); Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie (fifth left); and Board Chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Dennis Chung (6th right), share a photo opportunity with the recently announced Enterprise Team charged with identifying a preferred waste management provider for the Riverton Landfill. Occasion was a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, October 31 to announce the members of the team.
(Media Credit: Yhomo Hutchinson)

KINGSTON (JIS) -- Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has announced the appointment of an Enterprise Team to identify a preferred waste-management provider for the divestment of the Riverton Landfill. The nine-member team, chaired by Mr. Lyttleton Shirley, is charged with managing the process of establishing a waste-to-energy system in Jamaica and the contracting out of the solid-waste collection and solid-waste management of the country. The team was announced during a press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, yesterday (October 31). In his remarks, Mr. Holness said this move by the Government will see the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) moving towards a more regulatory role. “This process doesn’t mean that the jobs that are involved in waste collection and waste management will be affected. In fact, what is likely to happen is you will create a more organised industry… and you will be creating more employment around solid-waste collection and solid-waste management,” he said.

The Prime Minister further informed that the World Bank has been asked to assist with a pre-feasibility study, which is expected to start at the end of November.

He said the results of the four-month study will be used by the Enterprise Team to guide the selection process.

“This will give us a comprehensive layout of the land and how much we produce and the type of waste we produce and whether or not this waste can actually be used to generate energy,” Mr. Holness said.

In addition, the study will assist in determining the pattern of garbage disposal in the country.

The Prime Minister pointed out that there have been more than 30 expressions of interest in the waste-to-energy initiative or in solid-waste collection and solid-waste management.

Other members of the Enterprise Team are Deputy Chairman, Dr. Milton Clarke (Jamaica Social Investment Fund); Milverton Reynolds (Development Bank of Jamaica); Rochelle Dacres (Ministry of Finance and the Public Service); Fitzroy Vidal (Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology); Dr. Kerrine Senior (National Environment and Planning Agency); Audley Gordon (National Solid Waste Management Authority); Patrick Gordon (Mechanical Engineer); and Paul Tai (Attorney-at-Law).