The Waste Management Rules, 2021 and the Waste Management Fees Regulations 2021 take effect on May 31st this year.
The WMR and WMFR were laid in the House of Representatives on 2 July 2021 and in the Senate on 5 July 2021.
The WMR and WMFR support the legal framework to improve the national management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
The objective is to regulate activities related to the management of waste such as generation, processing, treatment, packaging, storage, transportation, collection, disposal, recovery, and recycling through a permitting regime.
The Environmental Management Authority said it providing relevant information to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the requirements and roll-out of the WMR and WMFR.
The timeframes for submission of applications are:
- Within sixty working days from 31 May 2022 for existing Generators
- Within ninety working days from 31 May 2022 for existing Handlers or such longer period as determined by the EMA.
Due to the anticipated number of applications, the EMA will, on a phased basis, notify a facility to submit their application.
A facility will have a minimum of sixty working days from the date of notification to submit the application.
The first phase of notifications will be issued on or after May 31st 2022.
For further information on the WMR and WMFR and proper waste disposal, please visit www.ema.co.tt or the EMA’s social media platforms.