The National Solid Waste Management Authority states that there is no way of avoiding fires at dump sites.
Managing Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority Audley Gordon says fires are a normal occurrence at landfills worldwide.
He states that landfills in the Caribbean are more likely to be set ablaze due to the tropical weather.
In a release yesterday (July 15), the Jamaica Environment Trust expressed its distress of news of another fire, at one of the island’s waste disposal sites, the second such incident in two weeks.
Jet CEO, Suzanne Stanley, stated that the recurrent incidents at Retirement and Riverton, point to the larger issue of inadequate management at Jamaica’s licensed dumps.
However, Mr Gordon notes that the NSWMA has mechanisms in place to manage the fires, when they occur.
Managing Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority Audley Gordon