Monday 28 May, 2018

EMA and iCARE tackle plastic pollution for World Earth Day

The Environmental Management Authority(EMA) in collaboration with the iCARE project will join the global community in commemorating World Earth Day on Sunday, April, 22, 2018.

On that day, representatives of iCARE will be at the Green Market in Santa Cruz, spreading awareness about the importance of recycling. On Friday, April 20th, iCARE will provide a recycling bin to Londsdale Advertising Agency, as they launch their recycling thrust amongst the advertising community.

The theme for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution”. In light of the urgent need for Trinidad and Tobago to develop a culture of recycling, reducing waste and reusing materials, the EMA launched the iCare project in 2015.

Since its inception, iCare has collected over 400,000 bags of beverage container recyclables, which include plastics, glass, tetrapacks (e.g. juice boxes) and aluminium cans.

Recyclable collection bins have also been placed at 70 public collection sites in schools and communities across Trinidad, with plans to include Tobago in 2018.

“We are very proud of the progress made so far in encouraging a culture of recycling across T&T”, says Hayden Romano, Managing Director of the EMA.

However, we recognise that there is a great deal more to be accomplished. We would, therefore, like to ask the private sector and community groups to partner with us to deepen an awareness of recycling, the dangers of plastics and the need to protect our environment in homes and offices across the nation.

The health risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics include pollution of the ocean and contamination of the food supply from the sea, endangering of wildlife habitat and human health in general.

"Thus as we commemorate this day, the EMA would like to issue an urgent appeal to the national community to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, especially in the area of plastics," the Association said.

The public is reminded that they may contact EMA’s Emergency Response Hotline at 680-9588 in the event of an environmental incident or for complaints complaints@ema.co.tt. or visit the EMA website at www.ema.co.tt.

 

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