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Red Stripe gifts $1 million to NSWMA

Published: Monday | August 27, 2018

Honourable Desmond McKenzie (second right) with from left Red Stripe's Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio; Desnoes and Geddes Foundation chairman, Noel Dacosta and Executive Director at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon.Honourable Desmond McKenzie (second right) with from left Red Stripe's Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio; Desnoes and Geddes Foundation chairman, Noel Dacosta and Executive Director at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon.
 KINGSTON, Jamaica: The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has received a donation of $1 million to ramp up security at the Riverton City Dump in St. Andrew.
 
The monies were made possible by Red Stripe through its Desnoes and Geddes Foundation and will go towards surveillance equipment.
 
Honourable Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, accepted the contribution and thanked the beer company for demonstrating good corporate citizenship. 
 
“This contribution of a million dollars will go towards the enhanced security programme that we are presently working on for the landfill. It is an honour as the Minister with responsibility, to be a part of this presentation. I would urge other well-thinking corporate bodies, not just to be critical of the administration when there is a fire, but ask yourself the question ‘what it is I can do to help’,” he said.
 
Minister McKenzie spoke at the cheque presentation ceremony at Red Stripe’s brewery on Spanish Town Road in St. Andrew on Friday, August 24, 2018.
 
Last month, the NSWMA fought consecutive illicit fires at Riverton; the Retirement Dump in St. James; Haddon Disposal Site near Moneague, St. Ann and the Church Corner Disposal Site in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
 
“Anyone who works or lives in the immediate environs of the landfill was deeply affected but beyond that for nearly three days, all of Kingston was covered in smoke,” disclosed Mr. Ricardo Nuncio, Red Stripe’s Managing Director.  “This was a lesson in the meaning of community and we knew we had to do something.”
 
He said the donation was part of the company’s activities to mark its 100th anniversary.
 
The Minister stated that while these incidents negatively impact workplace productivity; the Government had to expend approximately $150 million over the last eight to ten weeks to extinguish the fires.
 
“What we are seeing is an institution of indiscipline that exists around the two major dumps in this country. But it is a sad reflection on us as a country when we have to waste the kind of resources that we have to guard a landfill from people with criminal and devious intent.”
 
Minister McKenzie also noted that the NSWMA have introduced augmented security strategies – some covertly- to prevent illicit fires at its disposal sites across the island.