Eco clubs collect over 2.8 million bottles in one term

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Schools participating in the Wisynco Eco Club have collected some 2.8 million plastic bottles for recycling this school term, just shy of the three million targeted for the entire year.

“I'm pretty sure they're going to meet that three million this term because we have collections up until Friday,” Wisynco environment communication officer Shelly-Ann Dunkley told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

This term's leg of the competition ends on Friday, December 14, when the top three finishers according to regions will win cash prizes of $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000, respectively. The funds are to be used towards an environmental initiative within the school, or as a scholarship for participating students.

There are has 64 schools participating.

Up to yesterday the contenders were Denbigh High, in Clarendon with 121,104 bottles; Sandy Bank Primary in St Elizabeth with 122,400 bottles; Spanish Town High in St Catherine with 74,544 bottles; Haile Selassie High in Kingston with 105,552; and St James High, with 55,368.

Dunkley expalined that Eco Club, which was launched two years ago, aims to promote recycling and environmental awareness among students in particular, by creating fun and exciting ways for them, their teachers, and their communities to get into the habit of separating plastics for recycling.

“The Wisynco Eco Team congratulates all the participating schools in the Wisynco Eco Club. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with our nation's youth to help improve waste management in our country. Together, we have collected over 2.8 million plastic bottles and we are excited to see the innovative ways the students and teachers will continue to recycle in order to build a more sustainable Jamaica. Wisynco, through its eco sustainability efforts, will continue to create and seek out opportunities to instill a habit of recycling in our youth that will remain with them throughout their lives,” she said.

Among the projects schools have undertaken to meet their target were bottle drives, beach clean-ups, and bottle drop-offs.

Phase two will commence in the new school term, January 2019.

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