Caribbean Environmental Health Institute

Waste Management

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Waste Management is a significant aspect of CEHI’s mandate to its Member States. CEHI’s work in this area transcends traditional solid and liquid waste management issues but also focuses on emerging areas of concern. In the Caribbean this includes hazardous waste management, biomedical waste management and electronic waste management.

CEHI has collaborated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to build capacity in the Caribbean region for solid waste management with specific focus on waste recycling and waste diversion. Experiences and lessons learnt from the training formed the basis of a regional planning workshop convened by CEHI in 2011, with the support of JICA.

The Institute has conducted Hazardous Waste Assessments in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana as part of those countries’ reporting obligations to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The Guyana inventory was carried out in 2007 while CEHI conducted two separate inventories in Trinidad and Tobago one in 2003 and one in 2008. Apart from data collection, CEHI also developed appropriate databases and hazardous waste management strategies.

In Caribbean territories the consequences of untreated and improperly treated wastewater and associated nutrients and pathogen, impact heavily on tourism, human health and fisheries.  As a means of combating the negative effects of improper wastewater management, the Institute conducted wastewater management training workshops across the region during 2008-2009. The training workshops provided participants with analytical tools, information and skills on how to select, plan and finance appropriate and environmentally sound municipal wastewater management systems.

Caribbean countries are very much aware of the risks associated with improper biomedical waste management e.g. spread of diseases and environmental contamination. As such, in recent times CEHI has conducted a number of biomedical waste management training exercises based on requests from Member States. This includes a regional training workshop held in Guyana in 2010 which focused on policy and planning and a national level workshop for Suriname in 2009. Persons from both the waste generation and the waste receiving side, namely solid waste managers and hospital and health care persons were trained.

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