July 22, 2019
 

The Caribbean Cement Company has agreed to remove around 2 million used tyres from the Riverton landfill and convert the waste to energy.

This landmark deal with the Jamaican Government is expected to reduce the risk of uncontrollable waste at the landfill and dispose of the material in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. 

The project will operate on a trial base for forty days after which contracts will be signed for a full roll out of 3-5 years.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness while pledging his full support says protecting the environment is at the forefront of his administration’s agenda. “The Government is on a path; we are committed, and I think that this a synergetic solution to the problem of solid waste disposal, particularly those combustible types in the form of tyres,” he said. 

General Manager at Caribbean Cement, Peter Donkersloot explains that the conversion process will be environmentally friendly and will not cause any harm to the society. “We are committed to the success of this project because it is good to the environment, the health and the safety of Jamaicans. This partnership has the potential to become another good example of a joint solution between the Government and the private sector,” he said.

Over the next forty days, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is expected to transport five trucks loaded with tyres to the cement company.