An aerial photo of the thick black smoke rises from a fire at the Beetham Landfill on Thursday.

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says air quality around the Beetham landfill is moderate. According to a press release from the EMA the reading is an improvement from the levels recorded this weekend, which varied from Unhealthy to Hazardous.

The following is a press release from the EMA:

Air Quality Levels around the Beetham Landfill continue to improve. The current Air Quality Level, as of 9:00 a.m. on 11 April 2022, as recorded at the EMA’s Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station located at Beetham, Port of Spain, is now Moderate. This reading is an improvement from the levels recorded this weekend, which varied from Unhealthy to Hazardous. The high readings recorded were primarily due to the smoke and particulate matter associated with the fire at the Beetham landfill which have finally been contained.


Persons should note that the AQI value as reported on our website is calculated based on a 6-hour rolling average, therefore, high AQI levels can sometimes be attributed to a higher concentration recorded earlier in the day even though the situation may have improved later. The actual concentrations recorded over the last 24 hours demonstrate the continuous improvement in the air quality.


This should be taken into consideration as members of the public continue to monitor the AQI levels being reported on our website.


The EMA continues to liaise closely with partner agencies, such as the Ministry of Health and SWMCOL to obtain status updates. We will continue to provide updates if the situation changes.
Members of the public are advised to visit the following link to access additional information https://ei.weblakes.com/RTTPublic/DshBrdAQI.