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Search on for Jamaica's cleanest, greenest school

$1m in prizes to encourage student environmentalism

Jamaica Observer

Monday, March 28, 2011 | 4:06 PM    

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THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is kick-starting its annual anti-litter, green campaign with the launch of a Clean Schools Competition for primary, prepartory, and all-age schools across the island.

Participating schools will be judged according to the cleanliness of their school environment and how well they have implemented environmentally friendly practices. The cleanest school will win the Clean Schools Trophy and a cash prize of $150,000 to start a green project, sponsored by Scotiabank.

The competition, which is being staged for the third time, began as an incentive programme to encourage young people to practice proper waste management, and to instil a sense of responsibility for their environment. A further goal of the competition is that students will develop greater awareness of the negative effects of pollution caused by improper solid waste disposal.

Under the theme for this year, 'A Cleaner Jamaica, A Greener Jamaica', participating schools are expected to maintain clean and healthy surroundings in the schools by adopting ‘green’ initiatives such as no burning of garbage.

Among other things, schools will also appoint student ambassadors to promote proper waste disposal, display clean messages, and create ‘Waste to Art’ projects using recycled waste. Winners of the competition will be announced in May with prizes awarded during Solid Waste Week in June.

Since its inception in 2007, more than 200 schools have participated in the Clean Schools Competition. This year, the NSWMA is hoping that more schools will enter the competition and as such has secured major sponsorship from Scotiabank. With prizes totalling more than $1,000,000, the authority hopes that more schools will be encouraged to not only participate but adopt anti-litter and green initiatives in their schools.

Entry Forms can be obtained from the head office of the NSWMA at 61 Half-Way-Tree Road, or any of its regional divisions. Deadline for submission of Entry Forms is April 1.


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