ARE we downright dirty people in Trinidad?
This was the question asked by chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) Henry Awong on Friday during the launch of a programme to teach children about preserving the environment.
The launch was held at the Waterloo Community Centre.
Awong said other countries were much cleaner than Trinidad and Tobago and he asked if it was a cultural habit to throw waste anywhere.
He asked: "If so, what can be done to change this habit?"
He said: "We place no dumping signs with the fines and they dump on the signs also. We place signs saying please don't litter and you will be charged $2000 if caught and they come and dump on the signs. Total disregard."
The chairman said the Corporation would be investing in a camera system to deal with the problem.
He said: "We are thinking of buying special cameras and installing them in these no dumping areas to catch some of these perpetrators in the act."
Since many areas in the Corporation were rural, Awong said it was a dumping ground for old appliances and other forms of garbage.
He said: "Something has to be wrong with us if in this day of technology we are not conscious of the environment."
The programme is an initiative of the Corporation's public health department and almost 16 schools will be participating.
The purpose is to "inform and educate young persons between the ages of eight to thirteen on the basic principles of waste management using the concept of the three R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The programme will run for two weeks.
Also attending the launch was Minister in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Ramona Ramdial.