As of 1.45pm this afternoon, Wednesday 22nd May, 2013, the latest update re Beetham Fires status is as follows;
Work continues on the final burning area with delivery of cover material helping significantly. The wind direction continues to change frequently causing smoke to drift toward the city. In some areas the fire has become sub-surface and thus renewed caution now has to be exercised especially as it relates to the use of heavy equipment and the protection of on-site personnel.
Personnel and assisting resources will continue to work assiduously towards containing the final lit area by end of business today.
Despite these challenges, the SWMCOL team wishes to advise that we will continue to work diligently to ensure that conditions return to normalcy.
We will provide further updates on the situation as it develops.
For further information please contact SWMCOL Communications Department on 625-6678 Ext 303. SWMCOL
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:36
Further update to Beetham Fires
Written by SWMCOL I.T.
Monday, 20 May 2013 15:49
PLEASE BE ADVISED
On the afternoon of Friday 17th May, there were four (4) fires started on the Beetham Landfill Site. To date the cause of these fires are yet to be determined.
The SWMCOL Team has been assiduously working throughout the weekend to put out these fires whilst simultaneously maintaining landfill operations. Collaborative attempts were made with Ministry of National Security and the Air Guard to use the National Helicopter and the Bambi bucket; however these attempts were unsuccessful due to the numerous birds present on site. Additional operational support has also been kindly provided by the San Juan/ Lavantille Regional Corporation in this regard.
As of late yesterday afternoon (Sunday May 19th); the fires had been successfully put out, but the smoke conditions prevailed. This area of the landfill has been contained with work to resume on Monday morning. However with the prevailing wind conditions; there will be heavy smoke that will engulf the POS area.
SWMCOL wishes to advise that we will continue to work diligently to ensure that conditions return to normalcy but in the interim advise motorists to exercise due caution accordingly.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 15:50
SWMCOL at SanCity Expo 2013
SWMCOL will be participating in the San City Green Expo at Skinner Park, San Fernando from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th April, 2013.
Our Booth Number is #14.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Community & Youth Outreach Programme
SWMCOL launched its Community & Youth Outreach Programme – “My Community, My Responsibility” – on Monday 25 February, 2013 at the Williamsville Secondary School, Princes Town.
The Community & Youth Outreach Programme (CYOP), spearheaded by SWMCOL’s Public Education Department, aims to sensitize communities across Trinidad & Tobago on the importance of proper waste management to the health of people, animals and the environment. The main objectives of the CYOP include:
Involving members of the community in an environmental education process aimed at generating awareness of the dangers of poor waste management.
Sensitizing the local communities on the need to protect and conserve their environment, particularly where there are threats to delicate eco-systems, watersheds or areas of historical value.
Encouraging community leaders, teachers and mass media to use their clout to address local environmental issues.
Encouraging youths to be part of the solution to some of the problems within their immediate communities and, ultimately, the national environment.
Transforming the attitudes within the wider community to one of civic pride, responsibility, and respect for the environment.
Building capacity within each community such that citizens are empowered with the knowledge and resources to sustain their environmental conservation programmes.
During the first year of the CYOP these objectives will be achieved via educational forums at the community level, litter prevention and clean-up campaigns, school competitions, pilot projects, and more …
For information on how you can host or attend a CYOP forum in your school or community, kindly contact SWMCOL via any one of the following: Phone: (868) 625-6678/80 OR 800-SWMC Fax: (868) 627-9256 OR 623-6534 eMail:
“My Community, My Responsibility” Educational Videos
“Everyday Waste” (Animated) - A brief look at the contributors to municipal solid waste, proper disposal, and how some common waste items can be diverted for recycling.
“Kerwin Wakes Up” (Animated) - This entertaining and educational video follows Kerwin, the maxi-taxi driver, as he and his family become aware of the health and environmental implications of improper waste management in their own backyard and neighborhood.
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING CYOP FORUMS
Upper Carapichaima Presbyterian School, Freeport (for students only)
Fri 15 Mar
Arima Town Hall
Sat 16 Mar
Diego Martin Central Community Centre, Wendy Fitzwilliam Blvd.
Tues 19 Mar
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