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Thursday, April 13, 2006 

Beetham Landfill To Go

Government Information Service, Port of Spain, April 12, 2006. The 61 hectare Beetham landfill, located on the outskirts of Port of Spain, will soon be closed as government seeks to establish environment friendly disposal facilities for waste management in Trinidad and Tobago.
Public Utilities and the Environment Minister, Penelope Beckles, said Cabinet agreed to rehabilitate the Beetham wetland area. It is the largest landfill in Trinidad and Tobago accepting an average of 728 tonnes of waste per day.

The Ministry, she said, will invite proposals for new, cost-effective, waste disposal facilities in Beetham, Guanapo, Forres Park, Toco, Blanchisseuse, Point Fortin, Cedros, Los Bajos, and Studley Park in Tobago.

Now over thirty years old, the Beetham Landfill overlays part of the most productive groundwater source in TT – the El Socorro aquifer system. This, the Minister said, threatens the country’s ground water supply and poses a number of health risks to the residents and businesses in and around Port of Spain.

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