J.E. Ber­gasse & Com­pany Goes ‘GREEN’!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On March 2, 2015 J. E. Ber­gasse & Com­pany Ltd part­nered with Green­ing the Caribbean (GtC) to in­tro­duce en­vi­ron­men­tally sound waste man­age­ment pro­ce­dures aimed at help­ing the com­pany and its staff to do the least harm to the en­vi­ron­ment by waste gen­er­ated at the work­place.

Green­ing the Caribbean is an en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices com­pany pro­vid­ing re­cy­cling and waste man­age­ment so­lu­tions to the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Its ser­vices also in­clude devel­op­ment of work­place re­cy­cling pro­grammes, waste di­ver­sion train­ing, and cre­at­ing green waste streams. GtC holds a waste haulage li­cense is­sued by the St. Lu­cia Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity and is ISO26000 com­pli­ant, mean­ing that its busi­ness prac­tices are eth­i­cal and trans­par­ent, and con­trib­ute to the health and wel­fare of the so­ci­ety. Its mes­sage is sim­ple: ‘Keep Stuff Out of Caribbean Land­fills’, stuff be­ing plas­tic, pa­per, card­board, metal, glass and e-waste.

Green­ing the Caribbean’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with J.E. Ber­gasse will sur­round the col­lec­tion and trans­porta­tion of re­cy­clables (plas­tic, card­board, pa­per, metal, glass and e-waste) for sorting, weigh­ing and pro­cess­ing to au­tho­rized gov­ern­ment land­fills. In con­junc­tion, J.E. Ber­gasse will main­tain sep­a­ra­tion of waste streams for: 1. card­board flat­ten­ing; 2. plas­tic, tin/ alu­minum cans and glass; 3. e-waste; 4. food and soiled waste in land­fill bins. The process also en­tails the sub­mis­sion by GtC of an­nual waste di­ver­sion re­ports, de­tail­ing ton­nage di­verted from the land­fill for re­cy­cling.

“When we were pre­sented with the pro­posal by GtC to adopt a more en­vi­ron­men­tally sound way of man­ag­ing our waste, we jumped at the op­por­tu­nity. Th­ese prac­tices are an ex­ten­sion of what we as a com­pany stand for and in keep­ing with the motto of our Car­tridge World di­vi­sion: Re­duce, Re­use, Re­cy­cle. Since 2010 we have been ac­tively push­ing the ColorQube Mul­ti­func­tion Prin­ters from our prin­ci­pal Xerox which are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pieces of equip­ment and pro­duce up to 90% less waste dur­ing use than a com­pa­ra­ble laser de­vice.” said Nancy Joseph, Hu­man Re­source Manager.

J. E. Ber­gasse is one of the first few pri­vate cor­po­rate en­ti­ties in Saint Lu­cia to en­gage in this new waste man­age­ment prac­tice. At a staff train­ing ex­er­cise on March 5, 2015 many, if not all, em­ploy­ees sup­ported this new waste man­age­ment sys­tem. In con­clu­sion, J.E. Ber­gasse prom­ises to con­tinue to ex­plore new ways for the busi­ness to sus­tain greener prac­tices within the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

A mem­ber of staff putting into prac­tice Re­duce, Re­use, Re­cy­cle


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