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Update on Guanapo Landfill

The Guanapo Landfill is expected to resume regular operations today.

A statement from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development indicates that several regional corporations spent the weekend working jointly with SWMCOL teams, as well as the T&T Fire Service and WASA, on smoke and fire suppression initiatives at the site.

The landfill's operations were shut down last Wednesday January 29th, because of a fire on the site.

Guanapo Landfill Site remains closed

The Guanapo Landfill will remain closed to the public today, Thursday 30th January 2020.

According to an official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL), the move is necessary because of a fire which occurred yesterday at the site.

SWMCOL says its officials are on site and implementing mitigation measures.

The company is advising users of the Guanapo Landfill to use the Beetham or Forres Park Landfill Sites temporarily. 

In addition, residents of the surrounding areas also are being advised to exercise caution.

Guanapo Landfill Site closed temporarily—SWMCOL

The Guanapo Landfill will be closed temporarily to the public today, Wednesday 29th January 2020.

According to an official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL), the move is necessary because of a fire which occurred at the site.

SWMCOL says its officials have been on site and following the implementation of mitigations measures, the fire has been contained, but not completely extinguished.

The company is advising users of the Guanapo Landfill to use the Beetham or Forres Park Landfill Sites temporarily. 

SWMCOL workers protest

Protesting SWMCOL workers have shut down operations at three of this country's major landfills.

The protest began early this morning outside all three landfills.

They are upset about stalled negotiations and low wages.

At the Beetham Landfill earlier today several garbage trucks were seen leaving with their pre-compressors full of garbage as the workers were not on site to dump the garbage.

During their protest, the workers said they feel disrespected by management and they are tired of the deplorable working conditions.

SWMCOL applauds Massy's plastic bag initiative, encourages others to do the same

The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) is applauding the initiative by Massy Stores to reduce the use of plastic bags.

SWMCOL issued a statement Tuesday saying that as it continues to encourage citizens to “Get into Green” by adopting everyday practices that redound to the benefit of our beautiful island environment, "we applaud Massy Stores’ recently launched initiative to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags".

SWMCOL applauds move by Massy Stores to go green

The Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) is applauding the move by Massy Stores to encourage citizens to go green by using reusable shopping bags.

Massy Stores made the announcement last week, stating, as part of the initiatives, that customers will have to now pay for plastic bags.

SWMCOL issued the following statement today:

Man crushed at Forres Park landfill

Police are investigating an accident at the Forres Park Landfill, in which a man was crushed to death.
 
A statement by the Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) said the incident occurred approximately 10:15 am while the victim a salvager was rummaging through waste.

He was crushed by a reversing bulldozer while at the tip.
 
SWMCOL’s CEO Ronald Roach has expressed condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

60 percent of Beetham landfill fire extinguished

The Solid Waste Management Company says the fire at the Beetham landfill was started by illegal salvaging.

The company says that so far 60% of the fire has been extinguished and smoke is currently not affecting Port of Spain and environs due to the wind direction.

However SWMCOL is advising all commuters to proceed with caution along the Beetham highway.

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