SWMCOL CEO says issue of salvagers being addressed

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SWMCOL CEO says issue of salvagers being addressed

All is being done to address the issue of salvagers at the Beetham Landfill.

This is according to the SWMCOL’s CEO Kevin Thompson.

Yesterday the Environmental Management Authority said that the air levels at the landfill are now hazardous.

Fires at the landfill have been burning for almost a week with authorities struggling to get them under control.

SWMCOL believes the fire may have been started by scavengers.

According to the data released by the EMA, the Air Quality Index or AQI was `at 410 with 0 being the best and 500 the worst possible air quality.

The high reading, it said, is due primarily to the smoke and particulate matter being emitted from the Beetham landfill.

The agency added that the air quality could aggravate heart or lung disease and serious risks of respiratory effects in the general population.

Speaking this morning on the Power Breakfast Show in Power 102 Digital, Thompson said that they are working to ensure that policy is used to treat with salvagers.