The management of waste in an ever growing population is always a challenge. This challenge presents itself at many levels. One of the most critical levels yet to get the focused attention it deserves in Jamaica, is segregation of the waste at source. This phase costs essentially nothing, it benefits everyone and addresses a significant chunk of the problem of waste management in the society. By segregating waste, into essentially, reusable and non-reusable components, tremendous benefits can accrue to the economy via the birth of new recycling industries and opportunities for new employment, while reducing the volume of waste entering our landfill annually.For the most part, our national waste management efforts comprise essentially, garbage collection and disposal at central landfills across the island by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).Since 2006, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has been collaborating with the NSWMA in provided much needed resources to fulfill its mandate. On Wednesday September 23, 2020, JSIF presented the NSWMA with a state of the art truck to add to its current fleet in the western section of the island, which covers Trelawny, Hanover, St. James and Westmoreland. On this occasion, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, reminded the gathering of the longstanding partnership with NSWMA, stating that, “over the past 14 years, we have specifically targeted inner-city and urban communities with respect to the improvement the collection of garbage, which includes containerization, provision of environmental wardens, skips and other equipment required to keep these communities clean”. Sweeney added that over these years of partnership, JSIF reached some 140,000 beneficiaries in 30 underserved communities across the island. This program of support is made possible under the solid waste component of the World Bank/Government of Jamaica funded and JSIF implemented Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP). The primary objective of this component is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the country’s solid waste management systems.The JSIF had provided the National Solid Waste Management Authority with Two (2) garbage compactor trucks for the collection of solid waste In October 2019. These trucks collectively cost J$50.6 million. The current state of the art truck comes out at an overall cost of J$23 million, which includes relevant importation costs. It should be noted that previous donations of trucks to the NSWMA were used to enhance their fleets in Kingston and St. Andrew.The Minister of Local Government, Hon. Desmond McKenzie and the Executive Director of NSWMA, Audley Gordon, each expressed thanks for the timely gift while anticipating deeper cooperation with JSIF going forward.