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Gov’t introducing recycling programme to local schools

Government is planning to implement a recycling initiative throughout schools across the British Virgin Islands.

This is according to Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Carvin Malone, who told BVI News there will be a reward system for students who excel in the programme.

“We are going to look at the 300-plus classrooms that we have throughout the territory and encourage each of the classes to have a series of collection items,” Malone explained.

“The top collector in each of the classes over a three-month period would be gifted with an appropriate spec computer so that we can then encourage more and more,” he added.

Malone said the initiative is geared at instituting the concept of a green environment among the younger generations. He said he hopes this will then spread to a community level over time.

“If we are going to turn the BVI into a green economy, then we have to start from the very youngest of them. So this is why we feel that starting with the school-based initiative and then going through the community, we will be able to advance this programme,” the minister explained.

Goal to improve waste management system

With government aiming to improve the territory’s overall waste management system, Minister Malone said the aforementioned initiative, which he said has already been instituted, will help contribute to achieving that goal.

“We need to be able to ready ourselves for the fact that too much waste is going to the waste stream and if we can recycle whether it is plastics, bottles, tyres, batteries, oils — all of the recyclable items we need to look at. And, of course, we can do this only if we have markets that are prepared to take these items, or we further develop other recycling teams.”

Government recently launched a special waste management strategy which Minister Malone described as the seven R’s — reform, restrict, reduce, recycle, reuse, return, and rethink.

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  1. waylox says:

    Some white person got to be behind this.

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    • Absolutely says:

      cause it makes no sense what so ever otherwise.

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    • Just Wrong says:

      I just don’t understand why “usually” comments somehow always turn to race. “white person got to be behind this”.

      My point is simply that we continue to say “white” and “black”. Why do we do this?

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    • think much? says:

      do you realise you are implying that you think black people can’t forward think and care about our kids future and island so this has to be a white person behind this? whatever you meant to say is racist to black or white. You are proof that we need better education here. The youth are the future. Give them hope.

  2. What!?! says:

    Schools and where? How can a program be initiated into any/all schools that are closed?

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  3. Recycling says:

    While the initiative is a good one, the bins are VERY UNSIGHTLY.

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    • Jane says:

      Garbage dumped in guts is unsightly, bulky items dumped by the dumpsters is unsightly, plastic on the beaches and in the oceans is unsightly, dead turtles and sea-birds choked on garbage is unsightly, but worst of all is people getting real sick because we burning garbage; that is a tragedy.

      Nah, the recycling bins ain’t unsightly.

  4. E. Leonard says:

    Recycling needs to be both an inter-and intra-island initiative. The VI is a small 59 square mile, hilly terrain grouping of islands spread over 36 islands. It does not have the acreage to construct say a 100-year landfill. Would constructing a 100-year landfill be the best use of limited acreage? What should the VI do in regards to solid waste processing and disposal?

    With a growing population, a larger volume of waste is being generated, increasing the demand on the Incinerator. An aggressive well-managed and sustainable recycling programme must be developed and instituted to reduce the waste load demand on the Incinerator. Recycling must be required on the outlying islands, eg, JVD, VG, Anegada…..etc.

    Anegada is relatively remote so a small incinerator may be needed. Further, waste transfer stations can be constructed on VG, JVD……etc and the collected waste can then be transferred to Tortola by a marine solid waste barge(s). The VI must become a recycling territory. Reduce, Reuse Recycle.

    • BVI-Yankee says:

      @E. Leonard, transfer stations and garbage barges. Unconventional advice for an unconventional government. But leh wah happens.

  5. East Ender says:

    So what will happen to what they have been collecting since the lockdown when he first spoke about it. My son presently has six good size garbage bags full of plastic bottles.

  6. East Ender says:

    So what is going to happen with all the plastic bottles they have been collecting since the lockdown when the Minister first spoke about it. He is waiting until now to say what is going to happen when he said about 3 weeks ago he was going to say what would happen. My son presently has six good size garbage bags full of plastic bottles.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have invented machines
    For mix waste. no segregation
    Required can process wet and dry waste. No pollution no land fill.

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