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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 19:59

PM promises far-reaching consequences for Beetham Dump and recycling

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has a great interest in reducing the volume of plastic waste dumped in Trinidad and Tobago.

The topic about preserving the environment and recycling arose during the commissioning of a furnace at Caribbean Glass Limited.

Prime Minister Rowley said extra efforts are needed to streamline waste collection in T&T to clean up the environment.

"We've had some unsolicited proposals about waste management and waste disposal. Very soon you will see a Request for Proposals which would have far-reaching consequences for the Beetham Dump and for recycling of raw material and possibly for the creation of power from the use of waste in Trinidad and Tobago. All of this is on the table and it's going to be done on the cooperation of the State and the private sector."

He said Government is willing to work with which ever private sector entity gives the best proposal.

"We cannot continue to be putting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste in landfills and the landfills are overcrowded and are now threatening to pollute the environment in a way that we would not want to countenance. We need to address that and that is on the front burner of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago."

Group Chairman and Chief Executive of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, A. Norman Sabga, said for many years Governments have considered the implementation of a Bottle Recycling Bill.

"The implementation of this Bill continues to be frustrated. Enactment of the Bill will reduce the need to import recycled glass, the raw material and will significantly reduce the burden that plastic bottles put on our landfill. It will also create employment and preserve our environment."

He said CGL plays its part in protecting the environment.

"Carib Glass is the largest recycler in Trinidad and Tobago and we utilise all recycled glass that is collected. A glass container can go from a recycle bin to a store shelf in less than 30 days."

Mr. Sabga believes there is a need for stronger recycling infrastructure in T&T.

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