(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — A man was taken into custody yesterday for allegedly operating an informal dump at his home on Woodhaven Avenue in St Andrew.
The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) said that the man, whose identity was not released, offers garbage removal services and would dump the garbage at his property to avoid paying a fee to use the Riverton disposal site just outside Kingston.
“Acting on intelligence we came here and we saw a resident right at this premises harbouring and storing a number of different types of material — old refrigerators, engine blocks, construction debris, old bed, old mattresses, you name it, every type of material,” NSWMA regional operations manager for the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine and St Thomas Adrian Grant told the Observer yesterday.
Grant said that the agency had issued a number of warning notices to the man, including up to two weeks ago, to desist from dumping the waste in the residential community. “The man’s motor van that was parked outside the man’s home was loaded with additional waste,” Grant said he noted when the NSWMA and other agencies arrived at the property approximately 7:30 am yesterday.
When the Observer arrived at the premises shortly before midday, the NSWMA had removed several loads of debris from the property which the agency said was a health hazard.
“So far we have removed eight loads and we are on the ninth one there now and we still have a number of loads inside,” Grant said.
Insisting that the State had to act on the complaints, he said yesterday’s operation was a multi-agency approach.
“It was a serious health hazard. The people in the community they are very glad with what we are doing because of what was happening,” he said.
Some of the residents who watched the clean-up operation from behind their fence were delighted.
“Mi feel good say the place a go look nice and clean again. Nobody no like see the dump,” a woman who gave her name only as Jackie said.
Another resident, Carol Nangle, who has been living in the community for more than 30 years, said they are oftentimes verbally abused by the man who was taken into custody.
“He’s unapproachable. He uses a lot of bad words and threatening language. I am very happy, is like a win the lotto; I’m elated,” Nangle said.