Green­house pro­ject gets iCool boost

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

TRELAWNY RE­CY­CLES, a joint pro­ject of the Trelawny Parish Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and Trelawny 4-H Clubs, will re­ceive an added boost, thanks to a part­ner­ship with LASCO iCool for their Green­house com­pe­ti­tion.

The Trelawny Re­cy­cles green­house pro­ject en­gages sec­ondarylevel stu­dents through­out Trelawny on a plas­tic bot­tle drive. Bot­tles col­lected will be used to cre­ate func­tional green­houses. The school with the most func­tional and cre­ative green­house will be de­clared the re­cy­cling cham­pi­ons.

“Through the spon­sors, schools are pro­vided with the green­house frames, which they will com­plete us­ing plas­tic bot­tles for the beams and other de­signs. The pro­ject is aimed at mak­ing each stu­dent in­volved, re­cy­cling am­bas­sadors, en­cour­ag­ing their peers, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to be­come aware and in­volved,” ex­plained Natan­ish Hines, parish devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Trelawny 4-H Clubs.

Speak­ing at the launch was en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cate Joshua Bai­ley, outreach of­fi­cer at the Mon­tego Bay Ma­rine Park Trust, who out­lined the sever­ity of the is­sues sur­round­ing Ja­maica’s waste dis­posal.

“We need to get the word out there about what is hap­pen­ing in Ja­maica and how we can help to make it bet­ter. On av­er­age, each Ja­maican pro­duces 2.2 pounds of garbage daily, based on our pop­u­la­tion, that is ap­prox­i­mately six mil­lion pounds of garbage, ev­ery day. The Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity col­lects only 50-75 per cent of this waste. That still leaves about 1.5 mil­lion pounds of waste in roads, rivers and beaches daily, and of this, an es­ti­mated 200,000 pounds is plas­tic,” said Bai­ley.

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