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Background: The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) was established by the National Solid Waste Management Act 1995 which came into force on 16th November 1995. Although the authority was legally recognised in 1995, operations of the body did not commence until 1st August 1998 and full administrate functionality was not achieved until 1999 with the appointment of the first General Manager.

As specified by the Section 5 of the Solid Waste Act, the duties of the NSWMA are as follows:

  • To provide storage facilities for solid waste;
  • To procure equipment for the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste;
  • To provide collection and storage facilities at ports, harbours and anchorages for the reception of ship generated wastes;
  • To procure the equipment necessary to transport the ship generated wastes to the final disposal site;
  • To convert existing dumps into sanitary landfill sites;
  • To develop and manage new sanitary landfill sites and other disposal methods;
  • To provide facilities for the treatment and disposal of medical and hazardous wastes;
  • To introduce measures to encourage recovery of recyclable items from solid waste;
  • To introduce cost recovery methods for services provided by the Authority;
  • To prepare plans and programmes to address the problems of solid waste management in Antigua and Barbuda;
  • To manage and direct the implementation of the OECS Solid and Ship Generated Waste Management Project and any other regional and international project activities.
The NSWMA employs 88 regular personnel to assist with the four major program areas i.e. Administration, Collections, Disposal and Public Education.