The EMA is currently planning to conduct a survey to collect data on wastes generated and their management for the period January 1st 2013 to December 31st 2015. The title of the study is “An Inventory of Wastes Generated in Trinidad and Tobago from 2013 to 2015”. The data will be used to inform the development of legislation and policies by the EMA to manage wastes.
The EMA previously collected data on hazardous waste generation and management through national inventories conducted for year 2003 and the period 2004-2008 to meet its reporting obligations under the Basel Convention. This survey will focus on both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.
The proposed period to execute the survey is during the last week of April.
The survey instrument is a questionnaire (please refer to the attached) which will be disseminated via e-mail during the last week of April. All participants in the survey will be provided with the same questionnaire. During the data collection period, the EMA will facilitate one-on-one meetings as required (via telephone, at the EMA offices or at the Company’s office) to assist with completing the questionnaire. The data provided will not be used for any enforcement action.
Deliverables for the study will be:
- A Final Report which will document the scope of work, methodology, results, discussion and recommendations.
- An electronic database of companies and the information provided on the questionnaire which can be referenced for future surveys.
- Maps showing the distribution of generators in Trinidad and Tobago.
To effect the above the EMA will target 100% coverage of large or well-established persons in the economic sectors defined in Question 3 of the attached questionnaire. One of the sectors focuses on activities related to accommodations and food services. The EMA hopes to obtain data from the various hotels, guest houses, restaurants, rentals and any other companies associated with the accommodations and food services sector.
The EMA will report aggregate data, for example, “a total of X kg of lighting waste was generated by hotels and guest houses in 2015”.