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Recycling must be legislated

Published: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

I wish to commend Ms Rosanna Farmer for the magnificent work she has done and is doing for the recycling industry in this country particularly where the disposal of plastic waste and bottles are concerned.

We must understand that these items are not biodegradable like paper and raw food material and would pose extreme health hazards for the country and by extension the world environment.

I also want the Government and all those in authority to hear her cries for the continuation and maintenance of this Plastikeep project.

We need to take a serious look at our use or non use of plastic products, in particular plastic bags.

Here are some countries that have banned/outlawed the use of plastic bags.

Italy: since 2011 they have banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags—about 25 billion per year.

Rwanda (Africa): Has one of the cleanest cities in Africa according to reliable reports—plastic bags are banned several years now; one cannot enter the country with a plastic bag.

United Arab Emirates—Banned the use in 2012. Dead camels have been found with lumps of plastic in their stomach weighing up to 30 kilograms—the equivalent of 4,000 plastic bags. According to the UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water.

So what are we waiting for in Trinidad and Tobago? Dead turtles in our waters have been found with plastic bags in their stomach as they were mistaken for jelly fish which is food for turtles.

Wake up T&T and stop the petty politics and let us pay some attention to our environment. After all, we live here.

DAVID JV RAGOONATH