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Plastikeep gets six-month lifeline

Published: 
Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Plastikeep recovery project has been given a six-month financial lifeline by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

The ministry has proposed to provide funding to Plastikeep from the Green Fund to support its phase three recovery project, beginning April 1.

Funding for the project is to facilitate Plastikeep’s transition into a larger waste recovery and recycling programme to be initiated by the EMA, pending government’s establishment of a Waste Recycling Management Authority, as provided for in the recently approved National Waste Recycling Policy 2015.

The decision follows a meeting on Friday, coordinated by the ministry with representatives of the Green Fund Executing Unit (GFEU), Greenlight Network/Plastikeep and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) in Maraval.

Yesterday, a release from the ministry stated that its recommendations on the way forward were presented and discussed, with particular reference to the roles of Greenlight Network/Plastikeep and EMA in recyclable solid waste recovery and disposal. 

Speaking on behalf of the Greenlight Network Board/Plastikeep, project director Rosanna Farmer stated she was very relieved and heartened to learn of government’s decision to fund Plastikeep for an additional period. 

EMA’s chairman Dr Allan Bachan anticipates that the introduction of a National Recycling Programme will provide a coordinated approach to addressing the nation’s recycling needs. 

“This programme will revolutionise citizens’ approach to waste disposal and alleviate the existing burden on our landfills. We must seize this opportunity now as Trinidad and Tobago has clamoured for recycling intervention strategies for far too long,” Bachan said.

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