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In accordance with Sections 7, 8 and 9 of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 1999, The Trinidad and Tobago Solid
Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) is required
by law to publish the following statements, which list the docu-
ments and information available for public scrutiny.
The Act gives members of the public:
1) A legal right for each person to access certain information
held by the Company;
2) A legal right for each person to access certain information
relating to him/herself amended where it is incomplete, or
3) A legal right to obtain reasons for adverse decisions made
regarding an applicant's request for information under the
4) A legal right to complain to the Ombudsman and to apply
to the High Court for Judicial Review to challenge adverse
decisions made under the FOIA.
SECTION 7 STATEMENTS
Section 7 (1) (a) (i)
Function and Structure of the Company
The Company is a fully owned State Enterprise that was estab-
lished on 12th November 1980 and continued under Section
343 of the Companies Act 1995. The objects for which the
Company is established include, inter alia:
• To manage, control, collect, treat and dispose of all wastes
either alone or jointly with other companies, statutory
authorities, or persons in Trinidad and Tobago.
• To establish and operate:
- disposal sites in accordance with proper sanitary land
- a central hazardous waste disposal facility;
- transfer stations where appropriate based on sound
• To promote, establish and operate resource recovery sys
tems for retrieval of valuable secondary materials wherever
technically and economically feasible and in accordance
with good public health and sanitation practices.
• To educate the public on the hazards of poor sanitation and
on their role in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
• To maintain close liaison with community groups and other
public and private agencies in planning and undertaking
country-wide and region-wide cleanup campaigns and to
encourage public participation.
To be the premier environmental services company in the
Provision of quality waste management and environmental
services that will ensure the protection and enhancement of the
Accountability: We take ownership and hold each other
accountable for doing what we say we will do.
Empowerment: We take responsibility for delivering superior
results by providing the required support systems.
We value "walking the talk" by adhering to
high ethical principles and professional stan
dards. Integrity is paramount in every
Company action. We do what's right.
We make our decisions considering the
broadest view of all stakeholders, seeking at
all times for synergistic results.
We are a family and personify team spirit.
Our sense of family fuels business success.
RESPONSIBILITES OF THE DEPARTMENTS IN
OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
This office oversees the implementation of the policies and pri-
orities of the Board and work programmes of the Company, co-
ordinates with other governmental entities and regional and
international organisations and ensures the achievement of the
Company's strategic goals and objectives.
THIS OFFICE HAS THREE (3) DEPARTMENTS:
A. LEGAL/CORPORATE SECRETARY
This department is responsible for reviewing agreements or pro-
posed agreements for conformity to company rules and regula-
tions, and advises the company concerning legal rights, obliga-
tions and privileges.
The role of the Internal Audit department is to progressively
appraise the soundness, adequacy and effectiveness of the
internal control system of the organisation and to ascertain
whether the existing controls promote efficient and effective use
of resources. Based on the independent appraisals conducted,
Internal Audit advises Management on procedures and systems
that should be adopted in order to improve the control environ-
ment of the organisation and achieve business objectives.
This department supervises and monitors all areas of security
for Head Office and all sites under the Company's purview.
COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING AND SALES DIVISION
THIS DIVISION ENCOMPASSES THREE (3) FUNCTIONAL AREAS:
B. MARKETING & SALES
C. PUBLIC EDUCATION
The Division's Communications Specialist is responsible for
coordinating the promotion of the Company's various products
and services, and promoting the Company's image in the pub-
MARKETING & SALES DEPARTMENT
Marketing is responsible for revenue generation while providing
quality service to the customer.
One of the main objectives of the department is increasing
stakeholder value by improving the brand.
PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
This Department develops and implements programs aimed at
effectively informing, educating, and empowering the public on
the subject of waste management and the environment, while
facilitating their participation in countrywide environmental
improvement projects. The Department is aided by the
Research & Information Unit.
The responsibilities of the group are to mobilise the required
equipment and personnel resources in order to satisfy the con-
tractual responsibilities of its clients. The Department uses the
necessary systems and infrastructure to develop and implement
effective and efficient servicing of all customers' waste man-
agement and environmental needs.
Six (6) Departments fall under this group:
1. Transport and Maintenance
2. Collections and Disposals
3. Portable Operations
4. Tobago Operations
5. Quality, Health, Safety and Environment
6. Property maintenance and infrastructure
Engineering and Maintenance Department
The responsibilities of the Engineering and Maintenance
Department are to manage the repair and preventative mainte-
nance programme of the units, to reduce downtime of all equip-
ment and machinery, and to optimize vehicle and equipment
Collections and Disposals Department
The Collections and Disposal Department is responsible for the
delivery of the Company's general waste management and vac-
uum tanker services to its customer base in an effective and
The Portable Operations Department is responsible for the
delivery and services of the Company's Portable Sanitation
units to its customer base in an effective and timely manner.
The responsibilities of this Department are to deliver quality
general waste, vacuum tanker and portable sanitation units
services to the residents of Tobago, to strengthen SWMCOL's
relationship with Tobago government agencies, to maintain the
existing markets and expand the service lines and to develop
Environmental Consultancy Services in Tobago.
QUALITY HEALTH SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT
The Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental department is
responsible for the provision and monitoring of QHSE systems
and programmes that improve the company's performance in
the areas of QUALITY, HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRON-
Currently the department structure has been upgraded and
aligned with the new organisational re-structuring and strategic
directive to include the following staff: Quality, Health, Safety
and Environment Manager, Compliance Officer, Process
Coordinator and a Health and Safety Coordinator.
Figure 1. Quality, Health, Safety and Environment
Departmental Organisation Chart
The main objectives of the department are:-
• To improve the performance of SWMCOL in the areas
of:- the quality of products and services,
the health, safety and environmental aspects of the organisation
• Improve the efficiency of the operations in SWMCOL.
• Compliance; to be compliant with the relevant local legis
lations, laws, rules, regulations, best practices and other
• Sustainability; key components for business sustainabil
ity are:- the consistent supply of quality products and serv
ices to the satisfaction of its clients, safe operations with
due diligence for the protection and enhancement of
Environmental Health and Safety, adopting resource , recy
cling, waste reduction and restoration techniques.
QUALITY HEALTH SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT
• Risk and Accident Reduction; effective management
of Health and Safety hazards and risk.
• Education and Training: to improve the Health and
Safety Knowledge and Training of the management and
staff of SWMCOL
• Pollution prevention; to conduct its business operations
so as to reduce or prevent the production of pollution into the
natural resources -- land, air, energy, water and biodiversity
• Continual Improvement; QHSE Management Systems
implementation are monitored and audited for their contri
bution toward the continual improvement of the Company's
QHSE performance and the overall Company's performance.
Property Maintenance and Infrastructure
This department is responsible for the maintenance of all build-
ings owned and or occupied by SWMCOL. It is also responsible
for formulating documents for infrastructure projects at the build-
ings and supervising them. The work can be done through in
house staff and or a network of qualified contractors.
INTEGRATED WASTE SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT
INTEGRATED WASTE SYSTEMS
This Group has three (3) departments:
A. LANDFILL OPERATIONS
B. PROJECT S DEPARTMENT
C. WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT
D. RESOURCE RECOVERY (PAPER
LANDFILL OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT
The responsibilities of the Landfills Department are to manage
the operations and maintenance of the three major landfill sites
in Trinidad. This includes oversight for landfill equipment and
personnel to facilitate the controlled disposal of over 90% of the
solid waste generated in the country. The sites are Beetham,
which serves the northwest region; Guanapo, which serves the
northeast region; and Forres Park, which serves the central and
The responsibilities of this department are to provide technical
advice and consultancy services to both internal and external
customers and to undertake feasibility studies and make rec-
ommendations for new projects and programmes for considera-
tion. This department provides technical advice and consultan-
cy services to Government agencies and the private sector in all
areas of waste management and its affiliated fields. Members of
staff participate in various government committees to provide
technical expertise in areas of waste management and related
The responsibilities of this department are to provide operations
and maintenance services to both publicly and privately owned
wastewater treatment systems. SWMCOL's wastewater team is
dedicated to managing the refurbishment of sewer systems and
to undertaking repair works in a timely manner so as to min-
imise downtime of the systems. Included in the services are
plumbing, mechanical and electrical works; sampling, testing
and analysis of wastewater; daily plant operations and monitor-
ing, plus emergency response. Clients range from schools, the
government sector and commercial/industrial institutions.
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