BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, February 27, 2023 (SKNIS) – On Monday, February 27, 2023, the Dean Glasford Primary School became the sixth (6th) primary school on St. Kitts to participate in the Ministry of Environment and the Taiwan Technical Mission’s bin placement programme, which falls under the “Solid Waste Management and Recycling Project”.
Through this recycling awareness campaign, plastic recycling bins are being installed in primary schools across the island, and students are being properly informed on what should be recycled and the significance of recycling.
Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the St. Peter’s community, the Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew, and Minister of Environment and Climate Action, the Honorable Dr. Joyelle Clarke were on hand to witness the introduction of the project at the Dean Glasford Primary School.
Prime Minister Dr. Drew addressed the students and impressed upon them the need to protect the environment, and by extension the planet.
The Prime Minister said, “This programme is an initiative that is spearheaded of course with the collaboration with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government, through the various ministries that they are connecting with. This is to ensure that we do our part in St. Kitts and Nevis to protect the environment and we are involving you the students, you the children, and we want you to learn it and practice it at your school and we want you also to take it home and tell your parents and guardians what are the best things to do in order to protect the environment.”
Minister Clarke used the occasion to share a short but powerful story with the students that illustrated the dangers of the improper disposal of plastic materials and its harmful effects on the planet.
At the end of the session, all the students made the commitment to use fewer plastic bottles and to properly dispose of them when used.
In addition to the Dean Glasford Primary School, the Ministry of Environment and the Taiwan Technical Mission have installed plastic recycling bins at the St. Paul’s Primary School, Cayon Primary, Sandy Point Primary, Edgar T. Morris Primary, and the Bronte Welsh Primary Schools.
Plastic recycling bins are also being placed at hotels, restaurants, community centers, churches, and a number of local retail businesses as part of the Solid Waste Management and Recycling Project.