Recycling Partners, Education Ministry MoU to provide 50 jobs

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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RECYCLING Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will create 50 new jobs in the green sector.

According RPJ, individuals chosen for these new jobs will be trained through the HEART Trust/NTA to serve as Eco Stewards, thereby not only providing employment but also certification for the workers.

On October 2, RPJ set in motion their national Eco Championship competition in schools, beginning with Haile Selassie High in St Andrew South Western — one of the most volatile regions in the Corporate Area.

The competition — an alliance between RPJ and the ministry flowing from the MoU — has multi-dimensional advantages, for example: The Eco Champion will be gainfully employed and the students will learn best practices for environmental protection through plastic separation, while the National Solid Waste Management Authority will have less plastic to collect.

RPJ says that it sees the Eco Champions contributing to Jamaica's continued effort to promote healthy environmental practices in the primary and secondary education system.

As part of the competition, participating schools will reach out to organisations and individuals in their communities, encouraging them to collect and deposit bottles at the school to support their bid to become the top recycler.

With the participation of both businesses and residents, RPJ is hoping to raise awareness about the importance of recycling at the community level, which will subsequently lead to action at the national level. Addressing the student body during morning assembly at Haile Selassie High, RPJ Chairman Dr Damien King said that he was excited to be involved in the launch, which marked the start of the competition.

“I strongly believe that instilling proper waste management practices is everybody's responsibility. We are therefore looking to you, students, to help set an example for your families and communities. Thank you to the student body and administration of Haile Selassie High for participating in this very important initiative and taking a step in the right direction,” Dr King said.

Haile Selassie High principal, Lorenzo Ellis, also welcomed the initiative, noting that it made staff and students “feel very special” that the first launch was at Haile Selassie High School, which is located on Payne Avenue.

“We thought it was important to be a part of the competition, as it is an important element for the allround development of our students, to help them with environmental awareness, garbage disposal practices, bathroom practices, and to have them become good citizens,” he said.


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