Natural Resources Ministry takes umbrage to ‘Pick it Up’ criticisms


[] – The ‘Pick it Up’ Guyana campaign has come out in full defence of the initiative, following criticisms from the opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) last week.

On Friday November 29 the APNU at its weekly press conference stated that the ‘Pick it Up’ campaign by the Natural Resources Ministry is not effective and government should instead consider establishing a comprehensive, national Solid Waste Management Plan.

In a statement issued through the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the members of the campaign noted that the initiative is a drive to clean up the country through clean-up exercises, public awareness and collaborations among other governmental agencies, businesses and local communities.

“While components of the campaign include supporting community clean-ups and other environmental enhancement initiatives, Pick it up Guyana seeks to address one of the main causes of improper solid waste management; the attitudes of citizens towards their environment through various public awareness tools, inclusive of on-going education sessions with students and community groups, and Volunteer Empowerment Workshops hosted in various regions across the country.”

Additionally, the statement noted that the Ministry of Local Government is currently finalising its Solid Waste Management Bill which is expected to enhance the on-going efforts for a healthier environment.

Meanwhile, the statement also accused iNews of “publishing such inaccuracies by discrediting the efforts and achievements of the campaign which is still on-going and receiving the support of all agencies, government ministries and the business sector etc.”


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