Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Ministry seeking to employ scavengers for recycling programme

Caption: Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte and Hayden Romano, Managing Directer of the Emergency Management Authority (EMA) during Tuesday's launch of the Public Sector Recycling Programme.

Caption: Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte and Hayden Romano, Managing Directer of the Emergency Management Authority (EMA) during Tuesday's launch of the Public Sector Recycling Programme.

Scavengers at the Beetham, Guanapo and Forres Park landfills may soon be able to find employment with the Ministry of Public Utilities.

Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte says the Ministry is exploring the option of hiring scavengers to aid with its recycling drive.

Le Hunte was speaking with reporters following the launch of the Public Sector Recycling Programme (PSRP) held on Tuesday.

The Ministry also last week launched another recycling initiative, the Community, Awareness, Recycle, Everyday project known as iCARE.

Both projects are aimed at reducing the amount of recyclable waste at the country's landfills, which Le Hunte said are all almost filled to capacity.

Noting that large amounts of recyclable waste are thrown away each day, Le Hunte said scavengers could play a role in helping to sort materials from the landfills which could then be taken to a recycling plant.

He said several scavengers have already been hired in this capacity at the Guanapo landfill and the Ministry hopes to expand this initiative to the Forres Park and Beetham landfills in the future.

He said this would provide a much-needed income to those persons while ultimately reducing the waste at the country's landfills.

The Ministry has also embarked on a drive to promote recycling throughout the public sector by placing recycling bins at several government agencies and Ministries.

Le Hunte said there is a need for a close look at how garbage disposal is treated within this country as littering and dumping continues to be a big problem, contributing to the country's flooding problems.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has launched an online application to facilitate receiving and resolving complaints from the public on matters involving any public utility.

The MPUi site allows users to submit complaints to the Ministry and receive feedback and assistance.

The site can be used to query questionable rates and charges, report issues or complaints of poor service.

Le Hunte said a team at the Ministry will receive all submissions and work towards resolving issues in a timely manner. He said while all issues may not be able to be resolved due to financial constraints, the app will ensure better customer service and delivery.

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