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JM | Aug 15, 2022

NSWMA facilities now collecting ‘E-Waste’

Tatyana Bromfield

Tatyana Bromfield / Our Today

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Damaged and unused cellphones are among the items being targeted for collection under the National Solid Waste Management Authority e-waste collection programme. (Photos: JIS)

Electronic products that are unwanted, not working or malfunctioning can now be dropped off at any of the four National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) offices located islandwide.

Many people get rid of their e-waste by throwing it in the regular trash. This presents a clear danger due to the toxic substances in every electronic product.

Audley Gordon, executive drector of the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

NSWMA Executive Director Audley Gordon says that Jamaica will now be handling e-waste ‘in a particular manner’ to diminish the danger improper electronic disposal can have on one’s health.

A “brand new” box body truck was purchased and branded to do e-waste collection across the island, Gordon shared.

Each box is stationed at one of the four NSWMA regional offices.

A section of the branded box body truck that will be used to collect e-waste from the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s four regional offices located across the island.

The NSWMA said it recognises the need for more drop off sites and is currently in contact with electronic providers and municipal corporations to pinpoint these new locations.

The executive director also shared the NSWMA will create and distribute a pamphlet outlining the types of items being targeted in it’s efforts to educate the public on e-waste disposal.

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