NEW waste collection, transportation and disposal strategies outlined
by the Local Government Ministry were approved yesterday by Cabinet.
It should mean a cleaner T&T, if all goes as planned.
yesterday approved a municipal solid waste management policy, plan
of action, and contractual extensions for existing garbage collectors
from March 1, 2008, to February 28, 2009, Local Government
Minister Hazel Manning told yesterdays post-Cabinet press
She said the draft policy document for solid waste management takes
a comprehensive approach to detailing a path forward for T&T.
It forms the necessary framework and strategies for developing and
implementing a sustainable solid waste management system in T&T.
Manning said the policy outlined the mechanism for implementation
and was structured around a vision, goals, objectives, policy measures
and guidelines for contracting the private service providers.
policy objectives include the management of waste in a manner that
would protect the environment and integrate waste management systems
in a cost-effective manner.
It should also encourage waste generators to take responsibility
for the environment, and therefore to practise environmentally-sound
policy framework advocates greater private sector involvement in
solid waste management and it sets out the procedure for identifying,
collecting, contracting, monitoring and evaluating private service
providers in solid waste management, Minister Manning stressed.
A technical steering committee, comprising permanent secretaries
and other key representatives from several government ministries
and agencies, has been appointed by Cabinet to drive the main objectives
of the policy framework.
While the Local Government Ministrys main responsibility was
with waste collection, its strategic partners were to deal with
transportation and disposal issues.
are, therefore, adopting an integrated approach in order to ensure
that all stakeholders and their interests are addressed appropriately,
this end, a comprehensive report will be compiled over the next
Along with the policy framework, Cabinet has also approved an action
plan entitled The Revision of the Solid Waste System for Trinidad
This takes a phased approach to the collection and disposal of waste,
which will consist of characterisation of the waste and separation
of wastefor example, paper and plastics and glass from biodegradablesand
the recycling and industrialisation of the waste. There are to be
demonstration projects in all 14 municipal corporations.
Local Government Ministry, together with corporations and other
key stakeholders, will take the lead in short, medium and long-term
activities, Manning said.