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Govt signals commitment to recycling

Published: 
Monday, November 27, 2017
Camille Robinson-Regis

Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis has reinforced government's commitment to recycling as they pursue several initiatives to promote a cleaner environment and encourage healthy living.

According to a release from the ministry, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has been working in partnership with the Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) and other stakeholders to develop and promote a culture of reducing, re-using and recycling in T&T.

Robinson-Regis added that government was also actively working to strengthen the legal and administrative framework in this regard.

She said the EMA’s current recycling initiatives under its ICare Project were a precursor designed to act as a catalyst for the development of a recycling culture in T&T.

The initiatives are expected to transition as part of a broader sustainable legislative and administrative framework.

Since its kick off in June 2015, activities completed under the ICare project included two weekends of island-wide curb side recyclable collection conducted during Aug 22-24, 2015, during which 344 trucks removed a total of 2,786 bags of trash - followed by a second exercise between Aug 29-30, 2015, during which 232 trucks were used to collect 3,349 bags of trash.

Other initiatives included the establishment of branded bins in 70 collection sites which assisted in the collection of over 370,000 bags of recyclables from sites around the island, sensitization sessions for corporate entities, summer camps and schools; a Recycling Exhibition at UTT O’Meara which featured companies and organizations involved in recycling initiatives in April 2017, collaboration with Ministry of Rural and Local Government for the Nationwide Clean Up Campaign in Jan – May 2017, and the etablishment of a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) with SWMCOL at Sea Lots.

To date, the EMA-led project has established three pilot depots for the collection, sorting and data capture of recyclable materials from collection sites situated all across Trinidad.

In addition to the public collection sites already in place, the project has established collection sites at all primary and secondary schools throughout both islands so that students can participate directly in recycling.

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