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Changing our litter legacy

Some effort is now being made to rid the country of styrotex and plastics. Is it a case of being too little, too late? Photo: Taurell Smith

While everyone else is thinking about or analysing the recently read 2018–19 budget and looking at the different ways it will affect them, I prefer to deal with the decades-old problem of citizens’ attitude to keeping the environment clean.

I remember quite clearly when the family returned to Trinidad after growing up in the US Virgin Islands for ten years. My eldest son, then only ten, within days of being back, asked: “Why do people throw things out of car windows so frequently?”. I was embarrassed and ashamed but gave him some cock-and-bull story about people not truly understanding about their environment.

That was some four decades ago and nothing has changed. As a matter of fact, it has become much worse. The advent of plastic containers of all sorts—drinks, detergents, non-returnable bottles and the influx of the many types of styrotex and see-through plastic food boxes and cups together with storage receptacles.

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