National Solid Waste Management Authority

An Agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development

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The Parks & Gardens Division was established in 2008 in order to generate revenue for the Authority. The Division provides employment for over four thousand (4,000) Individuals island wide and is fully self sufficient, that is, it is not a recipient of government subvention.

The division secures contracts for major projects from other government agencies and private companies which results in the realization of modest revenue earned for the Authority. As a result, revenue earned has afforded the Authority the ability to purchase urgently needed equipment and machinery which could not be procured from limited government allocation.
In 2009 the first of six (6) plant nurseries at the National Heroes Park was constructed with the capacity to house over thirty thousand (30,000) plants.

Communities across the island have benefitted from the beautification efforts of the division as overgrown lots have been cleared and replaced with tropical flowers.

Since its inception, the Parks & Gardens Division has forged several lucrative partnerships with other agencies, a number of which include the following:

The services of the division include the following:

Be Waste Conscious - Use NPG Compost

The compost produced by the Parks and Gardens Division is 100% natural. Bio-degradable organic waste such as manure, grass and tree trimmings, leaves and fruit and vegetable waste is collected from horse stables, agro food processors, tree cuttings, road side trimmings and local farmers markets. The waste is then transported to a waste processing facility which is managed by the NSWMA, where it is processed.

Using the compost is an economical and environmentally friendly way of fertilizing and protecting plants and gardens, while at the same time supporting an initiative to reduce waste.

Compost has many uses such as:

Compost has a number of advantages:

Why use compost?


The National Solid Waste Management Act Fixed Penalty Notice (Litter Ticket) was promulgated on May 1, 2007. Through the Fixed Penalty Notice, the NSWMA has the power to ticket and charge offenders with fines as high as ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) per violation – a strategy which hopefully may discourage people from littering and engaging in illegal dumping.
The NSWMA is aggressive in its efforts to identify persons who breach the provisions of the Act. The following are Authorized Officers who may issue tickets and fines to the violators:

A list of the offences which attract a ticket/fine and the corresponding penalties are illustrated in the table below:



  1. Littering or disposing of garbage in any public space


  1. Wilfully breaking any bottle or article made of glass in or on any public place without having lawful authority or reasonable excuse to do so


  1. Littering or disposing of garbage in or on any premises owned or occupied by another person without the consent of that person


  1. Defacement of public property or public space by erecting, displaying, depositing or affixing anything on any building, wall, fence or structure


  1. Employing persons to deface public property or public space by erecting, displaying, depositing or affixing anything on any building, wall, fence or structure



BACKYARD COMPOSTING – A Guide for Composting Yard and Food Waste

What is Composting?
Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. Basically, backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. By composting your organic waste you are returning nutrients back into the soil in order for the cycle of life to continue. Finished compost looks like soil–dark brown, crumbly and smells like a forest floor.

What You Can Compost

What Not to Compost

Why Compost?

Compost Recipe




  1. Mix yard and kitchen scraps in bin or pile
  2. Add one (1) shovel or two (2) of soil, compost and or manure
  3. Add bulky material (wood chip)
  4. Add water as needed to moisten the pile so that the compost is loose and airy
  5. Mix compost material together
  6. Thoroughly turn over compost once per week. This exercise allows for thorough decomposition, prevents overheating and increases the composting process
  7. Compost process is complete within five (5) to eight (8) weeks     

How does it Work?
Essential Components:

Micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, molds, earthworms, insects) eat the organic material you place in your compost pile

Organic Material
Organic material high in nitrogen and carbon feed the micro-organisms living in your compost pile

The micro-organisms in your compost pile need air in order to break down the organic material. By turning your pile with a fork or hoe, you create air passages for the compost to breathe

The compost should be damp, similar to that of a wrung sponge. During dry spells the moisture will evaporate and so it will become necessary to add water. Covering your compost will also help in the retention of moisture on hot days.

Time and Temperature
Composting is accelerated in high temperature. Properly constructed compost can retain a temperature of 130◦ to160◦ degrees Fahrenheit which can also destroy weed seeds.

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Checks and Balances




Compost heap has a bad odor

Compost is too wet
Compost is not properly ventilated

Add coarse, dry material and mix

Centre of the heap is dry or white mould appears

Presence of excess coarse woody material
Inadequate water

Chop/shred coarse woody material
Add fresh green waste
Turnover and moisten all the ingredients 

Compost heap is damp and has a sweet odor but is not heated

Lack of nitrogen

Add source of nitrogen – fresh grass clippings or fresh manure

Compost heap is damp or warm in the middle but dry elsewhere

Compost heap is too small or dry

Add more material to compost heap
Mix and  moisten new and old material together to create a larger compost heap


Alternate Ways to Compost
A number of alternate ways to compost exist. It all depends on one’s individual needs and available resources.  The following outlines the different ways to reuse household/yard waste:

Simply spread leaves and grass clippings around the base of plants a few inches from the stems. Yard trimmings acts first as a mulch to retain moisture and then decompose to enrich the soil.

Combine organic material together in a heap/pile measuring approximately five (5) feet wide and three (3) feet tall. Gradually add material and regularly moisten and turnover pile

Planting Spots
Dig a hole in the ground at least eight inches (8”) deep and add kitchen scraps. Cover the hole and then use as a plant base.

Litter is any solid waste object that can be held or carried in a person's hand that is left behind or placed in an inappropriate location. Any such material or item which is disposed of in an inappropriate manner is regarded as litter.
 Litter ranges from small items such as cigarette butts to large items like a bag of rubbish dumped in a back lane. Other common litter includes drink bottles (plastic, glass and metal), small pieces of paper, chip and confectionery wrappers, fast-food packaging materials, bottle caps and plastic straws.

  1. Litter costs money. Removing litter from the environment costs mega $$$s every year. Somewhere along the line it will affect our back or hip pocket
  2. Litter is a threat to public health. Litter attracts vermin and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Items such as broken glass and syringes can be a health hazard in public places.
  3. Litter can be a fire hazard. Accumulated litter and carelessly discarded cigarette butts are potential fire hazards.
  4. Litter negatively affects the image of places, especially tourist locations.
  5. Litter attracts litter. Litter sends out a message that people do not care for the environment and that it is acceptable to litter.
  6. Litter can harm or kill wildlife. Plastic litter can choke or suffocate birds and marine life. Carelessly discarded containers can trap small mammals
  7. Litter harms our waterways.

NSWMA’s message is ‘No beauty makes our environment gloomy’. Let us all make an effort   not to indiscriminately throw around wastes/refuse you have on you. Dispose of them in a trash bin. If you are nowhere near a bin keep them with you until you spot one or take your rubbish with you and dispose of it at home. By everyone making a small effort, we can all help to reduce litter in Jamaica.


The NSWMA is among the first responder in the event of a disaster.  We are a part of the National Preparedness and Response Committee and work through ODPEM to achieve the objectives of early restoration of normalcy.  We work primarily with the National Works Agency during the aftermath of Hurricanes to provide access to critical institutions and officials. 
Through the Parks and Gardens Division we clear fallen trees blocking roadways and through the Parks and Market Companies we remove these trees, other debris and waste.

In preparing for a Disaster therefore we are cognizant that we work in partnership in some areas and fulfill our own mandate in others. The plan sets out the procedures to be adopted and actions to be taken by and within the NSWMA in the event that a hurricane approaches/strikes Jamaica.   Although our primary function of the NSWMA in the event of a hurricane is associated with the national relief and restoration activities, it recognizes the importance of proper prior preparation to be able to respond after ‘the blow’.

A hurricane is defined as wind in excess of 85 knots accompanied by rain and lasting for between six and 36 hours.  It is characterized by:

The strength and duration of a hurricane will determine the extent of any damage and consequently the volume of debris the NSWMA will be required to clear and remove.
Recognizing the need for prior preparedness, the NSWMA has approached planning for the upcoming hurricane season by assessing the last hurricane – Sandy and taking careful note of information provided by the ODPEM concerning the upcoming season.
It is noted that 21 named systems are predicted for the 2013 season with five of them projected to be major hurricanes.  We note also that Jamaica is usually affected by systems coming from the Gulf of Mexico, but note that Sandy came from the Atlantic Ocean.  We are therefore preparing for any and all eventuality.
The NSWMA is one of the first responders in the event of a disaster and in particular a hurricane.
In preparing for the 2013 hurricane season, the NSWMA evaluated lessons from Sandy, and in particular those issues relating to debris and waste management prior to, during and after a hurricane.
We noted that:

With this information, the Authority has developed a preparedness plan aimed at:

The Preparedness Plan has three phases. 
Phase I:  Prior to Announcement of Hurricane 
In this phase, the Authority has:

Among the issues to be addressed are:

Phase II- Hurricane Alert – Announcement by the Met Office of a possible hurricane ‘hitting’ Jamaica within the next 72 hours.
During this phase, it is proposed that in addition to internal preparation to protect property and acquire emergency supplies, the four Regional Entities will take all necessary steps to clear any backlog of domestic garbage and to bring forward collection arrangements.  This will ensure that the amount of domestic waste that is stored by households is reduced to a minimum in anticipation of two to three days of hurricane activities when collection will not be possible. 
The placement of signs and general preparation of holding areas will also take place during this period.
The Community Relations Division to intensify public education during this phase.
Confirmation of Framework arrangements.
Request for funds.  It should be noted that the budget for pre-hurricane cleanup has been submitted to the Ministry of Local Government.
Twenty four (24) hours before the hurricane strikes, the plan calls for:

Phase III – After the Hurricane

The work crew and equipment for this task will includes Power Saws and Operators, Tipper Trucks, Front End Loaders, Crane trucks, machetes and files, wood chipper/s.  The teams will include an Enforcement Officer and a Monitor/designated Team Leader.


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