“The totals so far are in for every Corporation and we have collected 30,709 loads of bulk and white waste across Trinidad. We have cleared 504 derelict vehicles and shredded 24,047 old tyres with great support from SWMCOL. With the assistance of our volunteer contractors, we were also able to clear 289,333metres and 461,010 cubic metres of major drains and watercourses as well as demolish 35 dilapidated and ruinous structures. The partnership of agencies such as T&TEC and WASA was also vital for the efforts, with T&TEC’s Tree Trimming Unit cutting 118 trees and the VacMaster clearing 13,192metres of underground drains. CEPEP also deserves commendations for clearing 2,154 overgrown lots and 23,998metres of road verges throughout the country.In addition, 87 beautification projects were undertaken with the assistance from volunteer groups and citizens across the country”
Minister Hosein stated that this showed an immense buy-in from the public, as citizens put out their bulk and white waste, as well as assisted in loading the trucks and helping their neighbours clean up their surroundings. He continued by saying “Highest commendation goes out to all volunteer groups across Trinidad especially private contractors who volunteered their time, equipment and labour each weekend in every Corporation, as they teamed up to clean up”. Minister Kazim Hosein urged citizens to continue their efforts to ensure the sustainability of the National Clean-Up Campaign and to strengthen our actions to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Presently, public education programmes have commenced in schools across our beloved country to address the issue of waste disposal and encourage the youth to maintain cleaner, healthier and safer surroundings. With the introduction of sensitization sessions in each municipality, public health educators are working actively with teachers to ensure that the message of sustainability in the upkeep of our surroundings and our waste disposal habits are efficiently communicated to our future generations. Also, the Ministry has embarked on the establishment of National Volunteer Networks in each region as a method of sustainability to sensitize and guide Municipal Corporation. These Volunteer Networks will alter the mindset of citizens while giving them the opportunity to embrace community service and foster social cohesion.
Minister Hosein appealed to corporate volunteers and state agencies to collaborate with schools to create a well-rounded and multifaceted approach to reaching the younger generations. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness therefore it is important that we continue to work together with the corporations, the volunteers and the wider public to form better habits and keep our surroundings clean.”
Citizens are kindly advised to contact their respective municipal corporations for more information as the collection of bulk/white waste will continue in each region. Together, we must continue Teaming Up to Clean Up as we make Sweet T&T a better place for all!