Beaches Ocho Rios starts recycling drive

Monday, August 06, 2018

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Beaches Ocho Rios has started its drive for recycling among members of staff and guests at the family resort.

The drive started with a competition among departments at the hotel, recently, where departments faced off in a competition to make recycle bins from plastic bottles used on the hotel property.

It was an exciting competition as various departments presented creative pieces which they designed themselves. Each department presented different designs with the hope of winning the competition. However, the Kids Camp department emerged winner with their nipple-bottle designed bin.

All departments walked away with a certificate of participation and a gift basket.

Latoya Timoll, environmental, health and safety manager at Beaches Ocho Rios, who initiated the competition, said it was in an effort to encourage sustainable tourism through great environmental practices.

“What we are practising is sustainable tourism and part of the whole sustainable tourism is that we must reduce the amount of waste that is going out into our community,” she said.

She noted, too, that the competition also served to educate staff about the recycling project that the hotel will be undertaking.

“This is a way of sensitising the staff to our own recycling project that we will be taking on to basically minimise how much waste we are sending to the landfill in terms of the plastic bottles that are going out. The main aim of the competition is basically to sensitise them so that they are aware and then we can move forward to the full implementation not just with the staff but to the guests,” she stated.

Timoll said the bins were not just made for the competition, but will be used to collect plastic bottles across the property.

“Some will be placed in the guest area, as well as some will be placed in the staff area at our collection points for the bottles,” she explained.

The recycling project is expected to be a long-term one with the hotel partnering with other institutions who are actively involved in plastic bottle recycling.

Timoll said the hotel will be partnering with Newstead Primary School in St Mary which has an ongoing recycling programme at the institution.

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