Saturday 4 April, 2020

500 bags of trash, 10 truckloads of seaweed collected in Manzanilla

Photos courtesy CEPEP.

Photos courtesy CEPEP.

Trinidad and Tobago's trash problem appears to be an ongoing problem, after yet another clean-up crew collected over 500 bags of trash during a beach clean-up in Manzanilla.

In a statement, CEPEP said over 500 garbage bags of debris were collected and included items such as plastics, glass, styrofoam, tyres, wooden fragments, old fishing nets and pieces of used tarpaulins.

The attendees also collected 10 truckloads of seaweed, which is currently affecting T&T's coastlines. 

The company, led by Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein, took place over four hours and is one of several planned clean-up exercises which will take place this year. 

The company said the event was a success. 

"The success of the launch was encouraging for the CEPEP company. It also highlighted the need for these efforts to continue and strengthened the company’s resolve to educate and engage the public about proper waste disposal on our coastlines."

The company said it will continue to work with the Coastal Protection Unit throughout the campaign and is also planning to launch more engaging activities to inspire nationals to be more interested and involved in 'environmentally friendly behaviours'.

Overall, around 540 people showed up to assist, covering a four-kilometre area that spanned the east and west of the Manzanilla Beach Resort, which was the starting point.

Also lending support to the project were the Institute of Marine Affairs, the Municipal Police and a contingent from the Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) of the Ministry of Works and Transport.

Manzanilla: an endangered coastline

Manzanilla has been identified as one of the country's most endangered coastlines. 

"Manzanilla coastline was identified by the CPU as one of our most endangered coastlines. This unit oversees the recently launched Comprehensive National Coastal Monitoring Programme (CNCMP) that will continue over the next two years," the company said. 

Minister Hosein praised the workers of CEPEP encouraging them to continue to be proud of the national service.

"With the help of the CNCMP and the members of public, the CCL will continue the campaign to clean and protect the coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago which is one of our most valuable and important assets," the company said. 

Upcoming dates and selected beaches will be posted to CEPEP’s social media platforms and website and citizens are encouraged to use the hashtags #cepeptt #cepepcoastaltt and #coastalwatchtt

Persons interested in volunteering for the national clean-up initiative can contact the Marketing and Communications Department at (868) 698-CPEP (2737), (868) 225-4400 ext. 2109 or visit our website and complete the volunteer form. 

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