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News Bulletin #1 - Forres Park Fires
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Date:             Friday 27th June, 2014
 


Bulletin:

The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Company Limited (SWMCOL) wishes to advise the general public at this time that based on our contingency plan for rapid response the fire at Forres Park Landfill which started on Thursday 26th June, 2014 has been extinguished.

We would like the general public to know that we have put contingencies in place to ensure that the inconvenience caused, as a result of the fire at the landfill, is kept to a minimum.

Additionally, SWMCOL would like to use this opportunity to thank all our Staff, the assisting agencies, (The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services, Environmental Management Authority, Office of Disaster  Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and The Couva/Talparo/Tabaquite Regional Corporation) for all their kind assistance throughout this situation.

Thank you

Mrs. Alison Awai

Corporate Communications Specialist

SWMCOL

 
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SWMCOL Invites Stakeholders to Round Table Discussion
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On Friday 21st February, 2014, The Management of the Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) met with a number of key stakeholders with regards to the recent fires at the Beetham Landfill.  The main objective of this meeting was to inform all stakeholders of SWMCOL’s immediate action plan to minimize the reoccurrence of such fires as well as to present the Company’s medium to long term plans for a sustainable solution to the perennial problem of landfill fires.  This plan provides for the introduction of modern waste management systems using state of the art technological solutions.

SWMCOL also sought to engage key stakeholders in understanding the full impact of the fires on their operations so that adequate provision can be made in its planning process to alleviate the problems experienced.

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Representatives of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA), Trinidad & Tobago National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Energy, both the Port of Spain and San Juan / Laventille Disaster Management Units, and The Office of Disaster and Preparedness (ODPM) responded to the invitation and were in attendance.

The SWMCOL Team was led by the company’s Chairperson, Ms Nalini Sooklal and its CEO, Mr Sharma Lalla.

In his contribution, Mr Lalla first apologized for the unfortunate series of events which had led to his decision to call the meeting, and then launched into a brief PowerPoint presentation that outlined the company’s proposed plan of action.  This included significant investments in technology driven security equipment as well as the creation of a fully engineered landfill site prior to the closure and rehabilitation of the Beetham Landfill.  Mr Lalla expressed his confidence that these plans would not only reduce the risk of fire but would also help to reduce the amount of waste being buried at the landfill.

Post the CEO’s presentation, there was a spirited discussion involving all persons in attendance.  The President of DOMA, Mr Gregory Aboud, in particular, wished to make it known how much his organization appreciated and welcomed any initiative on the part of SWMCOL which sought to ameliorate an age-old issue.

Representatives also made the observation that the landfill fires are really a manifestation of a much deeper socio-economic problem facing the residents of East Port of Spain, the solution to which is beyond the remit of SWMCOL.

All told, there was a healthy exchange of ideas which, as the CEO noted in his summation, would help to inform the nature of the proposal which he hoped to have submitted to the line minister in the coming weeks.

The meeting which began at 10.15AM was then concluded at 12.05PM.

 
SWMCOL Shows Appreciation
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On Friday 14th February, The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited’s (SWMCOL) assembled at the Beetham Landfill to show their heartfelt appreciation to all staff and contractor employees who waged a brave battle against the recent spate of fires.

Board, Management and Beetham Landfill staff attends the recent Staff  Appreciation Event, Friday 14th February, 2014

Board, Management and Beetham Landfill staff attends the recent Staff Appreciation Event, Friday 14th February, 2014

 

At the small, private gathering, our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sharma Lalla opened the proceedings by acknowledging the seriousness of the situation as well as the severity of the impact which the fires had on Port of Spain and environs.  And even though he admitted that more needed to be done to ensure that circumstances such as these become a thing of the past, he applauded the efforts of the team in being able to contain and extinguish all fires within five (5) days.

Ms. Nalini Sooklal, Chairperson of SWMCOL addressing the Board, Management and Beetham Landfill Staff at the recent Staff Appreciation Event, Friday 14th February, 2014.

Ms. Nalini Sooklal, Chairperson of SWMCOL addressing the Board, Management and Beetham Landfill Staff at the recent Staff Appreciation Event, Friday 14th February, 2014


Our Chairperson, Ms. Nalini Sooklal in addressing the gathering, applauded the amazing dedication and effort shown by all during this ordeal.  She also distributed the tokens personally to each of the thirty eight (38) employees and contractors who were recognized.

 

SWMCOL Board, Management and Beetham Landfill Staff at the recent Staff Appreciation Event, Friday 14th February, 2014

SWMCOL Board, Management and Beetham Landfill Staff at the recent Staff Appreciation Event, Friday 14th February, 2014

 

Further to the ceremony, SWMCOL will be embarking on a number of consultations with key stakeholders in an effort to discuss plans to ameliorate and prevent future recurrence of fires on all of its landfill sites.  In the immediate period however, on-site safety and security is expected to remain on high alert.