Volunteers look at discarded broken fluorescent tubes that they are unable to move because of the dangerous chemicals inside.

Too many pieces of plastic and industrial waste are being dumped at Carli Bay, Couva.

This is the view of the president of the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce Ramchand Rajbal Maraj.

Rajbal Maraj, who is also the Local Government representative for the area in the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC), spoke to Guardian Media on Saturday morning when the CTTRC partnered with volunteers from the Point Lisas Industrial Estate to remove mounds of garbage from the area. Maraj said he was disgusted to see a heap of fluorescent tubes dumped near the water.

The broken tubes contain a dangerous chemical that is harmful to people who come into contact with it.

He said such a large amount of tubes could have only come from a business operation.

Maraj said, “This is shocking and disgusting at the same time. The CTTRC has services for the removal of bulk garbage. I think this is in poor taste and would encourage others to come here and dump.”

He said the CTTRC and the fisherfolk using the area had been trying to promote domestic tourism in the area. He said in 2019 the community held a successful Fish Festival that saw thousand attending the event. However, their efforts are being been thwarted by several litterbugs that not only include people who dump household garbage but from the operations of big businesses.

Maraj said the CTTRC had been trying hard to educate people not to dump rubbish indiscriminately. He said the CTTRC is offering truck services on Tuesdays and Thursdays to pick up large quantities of garbage from residents.

Soleil Collins, one of the volunteers, said the environment should never look the way it does at Carli Bay. Collins said the amount of garbage in the area was “ridiculous.”

The volunteers collected a large number of plastic bottles, pieces of rubber tires and rum bottles among the debris.