(ZIZ News) — The Solid Waste Management Corporation received words of advice in moving forward as a corporation during its annual general assembly commemorating its 20th anniversary.
No stranger to the SWMC, director at Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Dr. Amhad Khan spoke of what is necessary for the corporation’s future.
He said, “We need to forge regional solutions that integrate environmentally sound waste and chemicals into our policies, our management practices and our social consciousness but more importantly we need to recognise that waste management is not free and that proper budgeting and cost recovery measures must also be put in place.”
Dr. Khan said the corporation must work to encourage investments to facilitate future upgrades.
“The future of the SWMC as it is for all of the waste management corporations and authorities in the rest of the Caribbean is to transition from service providers to a facilitator and a repository of technical knowledge and expertise in waste and chemical management enabling and encouraging investment by civil society groups and by the private sector in waste recovery and recycling initiatives and in waste conversion,” he said.
Dr. Khan was closely associated with the birth of the solid waste management corporation.
His Trinidad-based firm won the bid to determine which particular company would conceptualize, design and build the sanitary landfill.