2,000 pounds of garbage collected at the Foreshore in coastal cleanup
A group photograph of the volunteers who participated
Citizens continue to exhibit improper waste disposal as a coastal cleanup exercise saw over 2,000 pounds of garbage collected.
Still, Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis praised the more than 200 people who turned up to alleviate part of the issue for the International Coastal Cleanup 2019 exercise.
“We would like to thank to all our partners and 200 plus volunteers who heeded the call to join the global community for International Coastal Cleanup 2019," said Robinson-Regis.
However, she lamented that despite several programmes designed to create new habits, bad habits die hard when it comes to dumping rubbish.
The Minister urged citizens through the theme, 'Environmental Pride is National Pride’, to take personal responsibility for homes, schools, offices, Islands, the Planet and consider how one's actions may contribute to pollution.
She further advised the public to think and act in a responsible manner and took the opportunity to remind fellow citizens that working together can solve the nation's pollution challenges.
Robinson-Regis reiterated that the recently-adopted Beverage Containers Deposit Refund Policy proposes to establish a deposit refund system for recyclable waste, with beverage containers being under the first remit. This legislation is scheduled to be laid in the Parliament by December 2019. Additionally, Cabinet’s policy to ban the importation of non-biodegradable expanded polystyrene (EPS) or Styrofoam food and beverage containers, will come into full effect in January 2020 and its local manufacture will also be phased out thereafter.
Over 220 volunteers collected 2,090 pounds of garbage during the International Coastal Cleanup at the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers Highway, and Port-of-Spain on Saturday. Volunteers represented numerous organisations including the SAGHS Alumnae Association, Basel Convention Regional Centre – Caribbean, Rotaract Piarco (UWI), Run Trinbago, Zèle Events, Ultra Concepts, Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), Lions Club of Port-of-Spain North and RHAND Credit Union.
This foreshore clean up was coordinated by the Ministry of Planning and Development through the Environmental Policy and Planning Division in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago.