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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Govt rolls back
Government has rolled back a plan to ban the use of
styrofoam products to allow business owners to clear
incoming imported goods, says Planning and Devel-
opment Minister Camille Robinson-Regis.
Robinson-Regis was speaking to reporters follow-
ing the launch of the Environmental Management
Authority’s (EMA) of the second-phase of recyclable
solid waste collection project: iCARE.
The launch took place at the Scarlet Ibis con-
ference room, Central Bank, Port-of-Spain.
Robinson-Regis said initially the committee formed to
look at the styrofoam ban had been given a one-year
deadline to submit a report, but, it has been moved
up to mid-year.
The committee comprises of several Government
ministries and private stakeholders, including mem-
bers of the business community.
“Styrofoam products are manufactured here
in T&T and a number of business people have in-
dicated that they already have imports coming
in so what we did was roll back a little in an effort
to at least allow them to clear their goods but we
are moving forward with it,” Robinson-Regis said.
“We didn’t feel that it was necessary to stymie the
work that they have already started progressing,” she
The minister said on Tuesday the secretary respon-
sible for the environment in Tobago said the island
wanted to declare itself a styrofoam-free area and the
committee will help them reach their goal.
At yesterday’s launch, Robinson-Regis said bever-
age containers and expanded polystyrene containers
are significantly contributing to the amount of waste
heading to the nation’s landfills.
The second phase of the project included three
Collection Depots at Namdevco, Forres Park and
Guanapo. It will be managed by the Solid Waste Man-
agement Company Limited (SWMCOL) for one year to
sort and process the collected recyclables.
Several new collection sites, namely Govern-
ment institutions as wells as primary and second-
ary schools, have been added to the existing sites.
During the first phase, the EMA established 80
collection sites throughout T&T from which
some 370,000 bags of recyclables were col-
lected and transported to SWMCOL-man-
aged Forres Park and Sea Lots sites for storage.
The iCARE project, which is an acronym for Commu-
nity, Awareness, Recycle, Everyday, is a continuation
of the Beverage Containers Clean-Up Project (BCCP).
The BCCP was aimed at removing indiscrim-
inately disposed beverage containers from the
environment, and providing SWMCOL with the
capacity to process recyclable polyethylene tere-
phthalate bottles for export.
A third attempt by the police to evict
illegal occupants from the Housing
Development Corporation’s (HDC)
Clifton Towers proved unsuccessful
yesterday as the people returned
within mere minutes after the police
Legal tenants said the HDC now
has to implement a “permanent strat-
egy,” “to really get them out.”
At about 6.30 am six police ve-
hicles arrived at the compound.
Police officers went to the fifth floor
of Tower 3 and the Sixth floor of
Tower 4 where they removed the il-
However, people illegally occupying
the washroom areas of the four Towers
and its ground floors were left alone.
Shortly before 8 am, just after the
team of officers left the area, the il-
legal tenants were seen moving back
with their personal belongings.
Legal tenants said they are abso-
lutely fed up and are calling on the
HDC to implement a 24/7 police and
They claim that illegal activities are
being conducted by the illegal ten-
ants and said their lives and the lives
of their children are under threat on
a daily basis.
On November 16 and 23, 2017, two
attempts were made to remove the
illegal tenants, but they too returned
shortly after the police and soldiers
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley,
during an address to the nation on
November 24 2017, said some home-
owners were being chased out of
their homes while others faced house
invasion by people who had no re-
spect for law and order at Clifton
A HDC official said they would not
give up the fight in removing the ille-
gal tenants from all their compounds,
including at its Clifton Towers. The
official, however, did not want to
comment further on the situation.
Evicted illegal tenants return to HDC apartments
Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat,left, picks
up a discarded food box on the Brian Lara Promenade,
Port-of-Spain as he and Rural Development and Local
Government Minister, Kazim Hosein took part in a clean
up exercise during the iCare-second phase project
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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