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NSWMA offices now collecting electronic waste

Jamaicans can now drop off their e-waste at any of the four National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) regional offices or its head office at 61 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10.
 
E-waste are electronic products that are unwanted, not working, and nearing or at the end of their useful life.
 
NSWMA Executive Director Audley Gordon says the National Solid Waste Management Authority also purchased a truck that will be use to collect devices from offices and take them to the approved facility.
 
Currently, persons dispose of their e-waste by throwing it in the regular garbage.
 
Mr. Gordon said that e-waste poses a clear and present danger to the health of people if not handled properly, noting that a lot of the circuit boards that are in electronic products contain dangerous substances.
 
He added that handling e-waste in a particular manner is a best practice in other countries and Jamaica is now doing its part to catch up. 
 
Mr. Gordon said that the NSWMA recognises that there is need for more drop off sites to complement the temporary locations at the regional offices, and is in discussions with the big providers of electronics as well as the municipal corporations to identify more locations.
 


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