Did You Know? Five Facts About Local Government in Jamaica

4. What does the National Solid Waste Management Authority do?

The NSWMA is responsible for the following:

  1. Establishing the standards and criteria that must be attained by operators in the solid waste sector.
  2. Licensing of solid waste companies, collection vehicles and disposal site operators.
  3. Contracting solid waste collectors for municipal garbage collection.
  4. Establishing collection zones in collaboration with the Parish Councils, the KSAC and the Town Planning Authority.
  5. Establishing tipping fees structures and rates for industrial and large commercial entities disposing of waste at the approved disposal sites, and
  6. Operating solid waste disposal sites in the medium term while preparing them for divestment to the private sector.


5. What is the SDC?

The Social Development Commission (SDC) is the principal community organization agency, working with Jamaica’s 783 communities. The SDC continues to execute its legal mandate to inter alia, “promote and control schemes for, and to do any act or thing which may directly or indirectly serve the advancement of – sport, social, cultural & economic development – for the people of Jamaica and workers in particular.”