Trinidad and Tobago - CLCP

  • About the project


    The project of the Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas (CLCPA) Program aims to find a sustainable material to replace the Styrofoam as a highly used material within the Printing and Packaging Industry of Trinidad and Tobago. 

    Project Description

    Based on available data, more than 1,300 tons of waste reaches the landfill sites of Trinidad and Tobago every day. The Styrofoam among other materials is the most common type of material disposed of by the residential and industrial sectors. Therefore, on August 30th 2013 the Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, accepted the invitation for his Ministry’s formal participation in the CLCPA Program and made a request to focus on ‘Finding a sustainable alternative packaging to replace the Styrofoam containers produced within the Printing and Packaging Industry of Trinidad and Tobago’. 

    The Executive Director of the Economic Development Board is appointed as the national authority for Trinidad and Tobago in charge of endorsing, authorizing and guiding the implementation of activities in the production sector of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Phases of the Project 

    PHASE I: Preparation and identification of needs

    This phase involves an analysis of the industrial sector of the country and an agreement between the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development and the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the Organization of American State for the implementation of the Closed Looped Cycle Production Program in Trinidad and Tobago. 

    PHASE II: Policy Framework

    Within this phase a review is performed about all the policies that are in place in Trinidad and Tobago that are relevant for the project. This includes analysis of the current Green Enterprise Development Policy of the country, study cases of the ban of Styrofoam in other Caribbean countries and export opportunities and regulations about packaging containers. 

    PHASE III: Development of the project

    This phase is focused on (1) providing an objective comparative analysis between the life cycle impacts of Styrofoam containers versus the potential locally produced Biodegradable and Compostable food packaging, and (2) presenting a plan or white paper to trigger high-level discussion regarding the possible transition toward the increased use of compostable and sustainable packaging in Trinidad and Tobago. 

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