The findings of a 2010 Waste Characterization and Centroid Study revealed that 83% of the waste stream entering Trinidad’s landfills is recyclable material. While there are an estimated 6,440 tonnes of beverage containers used and discarded annually in Trinidad and Tobago, the Study indicated that less than one percent (0.92%) enters the landfills. You need only look at our clogged rivers and waterways, our coastlines and beaches, or in virtually every corner of our ambient environment, to find where most of those used beverage containers end up.
Discarded beverage containers – plastic and glass bottles, cans, and tetra-paks – persist in the natural environment for many years. They clog our drains and waterways, are a chief contributor to flash flooding, and are a prevalent source of marine pollution and harm to ocean wildlife. When incinerated, plastics release volatile organic compounds. When buried, they leach harmful chemicals that contaminate our groundwater.
The Beverage Container Recycling Facility (BCRF) provides a far better solution for post-consumer beverage containers, diverting them from the role of environmental contaminants to one of valued recyclables.
The main component of the BCRF is a PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) wash line system. The baled PET goes through various washing, drying, and shredding processes that ultimately produce ¾” PET flakes of 99.9% purity.
The Facility also accepts and processes glass bottles, HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) beverage bottles, aluminium cans, and tetra-pak beverage cartons. These are sorted and processed for shipment to local and overseas recyclers.
“Get into Green” is more than a call to action. It is both a precept and a promise.
The promise is that of a greener tomorrow for the benefit of all when we “Get into Green”.