This was how Public Utilities Minister Ancil Antoine describes conditions at the Engineering, Maintenance and Collection Departments of the Beetham Landfill, following a tour of the facilities yesterday.

Antoine and members of the Industrial and General Sanitation Worker’s Union (IGSWU) and several from the Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL), saw first hand problems affecting the facility.

Robert Benacia, IGSWU president, urged Minister Antoine to heed the cries of SWMCOL workers and do whatever it takes to rectify issues which, if left unresolved, could pose major health hazard to workers and cost the company millions. “We have been engaged in protest action for a couple weeks and after meeting with the minister last week, he agreed to a site visit to see the working conditions we have been highlighting during our protests,” Benacia said.

“I hope his visit this morning will bring some relief as he himself has described as inhumane, the conditions. Reconnection to the water mains is a major problem and you can well understand how important water is at a landfill to allow for workers to bathe or wash up after work.

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You can’t get more hazardous than that,” Benacia added.

He said toilets, bathrooms and locker rooms are in a deplorable condition. “We are glad the Minister took time to come down here and get a first hand view. We are hoping we can see some results as a result of this visit. This is the first time in 16 years that a Government Minister has come to see the conditions under which we work.” Minister Antoine, after the tour, told reporters that he will work with SWMCOL to restore sanitary conditions at the facility and promised a swift solution to deteriorating conditions.

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“In terms of the immediate situation I will bring a note to next week’s Cabinet meeting for the relief of workers here and I intend to begin plans to pave the area and refurbish the facilities,” Antoine said.

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“The Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) has given me a month in which they can deliver water to the facility and I intend to hold talks with the Trinidad and Tobago Electrical Company (TTEC), about the power situation so that we can have compressors working as it should.

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In terms of the refurbishments of some of the toilet facilities and locker rooms…that can start almost immediately.” SWMCOL Chief Executive Officer Ronald Roach said the safety of workers and proper waste management remains a top priority for SWMCOL.

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He blamed several institutional problems including inadequate funding and poor enforcement of legislation.

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“Some of the problems at the facility can be solved easily, while others require development and particularly funding,” Roach said.

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“And the thing about SWMCOL is that we depend on Government’s subvention. Over the years there hasn’t been the priority in waste management that needs to be and that happens a lot with developing countries.”

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