Castries Mayor announces cash for trash initiative

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, declaring that he can not only talk the talk, but walk the talk as well, Thursday announced a new initiative to pay cash to persons who remove plastic and styrofoam material, including bottles and cups from the capital.

Dubbed – “The Plastic Collection Project”, the initiative  is one of the three components of the Clean City campaign which was recently launched.

According to the Mayor, the project will make garbage bags available from Monday to Friday from 8 am – 4 pm at the desk of the City Police department.

“Members of the public can then come in, pick up a bag then work towards filling that bag solely with plastics and Styrofoams. That includes plastic bottles and cups and Styrofoam cups and plates…etc. Let me repeat only plastics and styrofoams. When that bag is filled, return it to the CCC. A card will then be given to you which can be redeemed for cash,” Francis told the official launching ceremony.

He explained that between $5 and $10 will be paid per bag.

Francis disclosed that periodic checks will be made and the bags will then be deposited at the Deglos landfill.

“The next step is looking towards recycling those plastics for shipment abroad,” he said.

He called on citizens to shoulder their responsibility and make the City of Castries a cleaner and more beautiful place.

“I don’t have to convince this audience that plastics doesn’t belong on our streets, in our drains, or in our oceans,” the Mayor declared.

Francis expressed the hope that other organisations would join the campaign to keep the City clean.


  1. Joe
    May 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Absolutely BRAVO!!

    1. The Righteousness of God in Christ.
      May 16, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Over the past weekend, the CCC confiscated the trays of the poor vendors of Castries and then in return he sells it back to them, which is robbery towards the poor anyway. The vendors in return put together a march near the CCC head office but for only one hour. Why not an all day march, why don’t you people go all out and stand up for what is right in this plywood city?

      Let’s get it done right!

  2. EQuality4All⏳
    May 10, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    What a catchy theme:(cash for trash)good idea for participants going and offload every bin and dumster for those particular trash mention cuz if i had to involve i’d do just that and not wait all day perhaps to full one garbage bag for 5 bucks,is that your best thought u likkle peanut brain mayor of trying to belittle ppl for pocket change.offcourse there would be no way of supervising this activity,so mr mayor dont just come up with a dumb idea because the theme is catchy.In this modern day of technology it will be more suitable to have perpetrators who are caught littering to pay atleast a $25 fine on spot or spend a night in the calaboose.just looking for some sort of deterrent.

    1. HUMBLE
      May 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      So in this day and age when any solution towards plastics is necessary why the hell you’ll complaining this was been operated island wide once before and was, I must say extremely a healthy approach for the environment, so stop your negative backlash and come together this is a great advantage for the needy who crowd the entrances of every establishment begging for some cash and yes it a valuable idea for those ppl who are going to profit from this initiative a healthier approach for our country to take action against plastics once and for all. Also adding a fee of $25 towards litter bug activities would be a great initiation as well. So stop being dumb asses and shut up if you have nun good to say.

  3. John
    May 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm


  4. Augustin Julian
    May 10, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    My comments are if you don’t want to pick up trash for 5 or 10 dollars per bag you don’t have to. There are others who will do it . the fact is we want to keep the city clean. Nesesity knows no laws. One Mans trash is another mans treasure. When you can’t do better some body else will do worse .any thing you earned is for someone else.

    1. HUMBLE
      May 13, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      so right on this

  5. BlackShade
    May 11, 2018 at 12:13 am

    This guy needs to stop himself. If he doesn’t I will be forced to make him prime minister. One brilliant initiative after another.

  6. Marlyn
    May 11, 2018 at 12:29 am

    You can tell when there is enough money to go around in this country. When they waste it on things like that. What the hell is cash for trash???? Like really??? Why not charge people for littering instead?? Give the city police some more responsibility rather than just walking the streets of Castries. But noooooo ur’ll want to pay people to bring in trash?? Who came up with this dumb idea??? Really Mr Mayor you can do better than that. Like your’ll fired the CCC staff?? And what will they do now?? Who will clean the streets??

  7. Vyb
    May 11, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Great. No more me giving beggars my $1. Jobs for the less fortunate.

    1. HUMBLE
      May 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      i deffinitely agree with vyb

  8. MetYo
    May 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I think we should be more proactive and tackle the root cause of the problem. Starting with the styrofoams, this is a carcinogen and we should do like St Vincent (see link:–styrofoams) and ban the importation of this dangerous material. I know we like our bouillon and cocoa tea in styrofoams but we can get disposable paper cups and containers that are healthier and environmentally friendly. With regards to the plastic bottles, the plastic is just as bad or even worse than the drink inside and something needs to be done about that. We better off charging people who litter. Why is it that our people are so inconsiderate? In big cities with millions of people are much cleaner that than the city of Castries with only few thousand.

  9. Think first
    May 11, 2018 at 9:30 am

    measures need to be put in place to ensure the garbbage that is collects is from the streets of Castries.

  10. anon1
    May 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    a good opportunity for the homeless to make some cash

  11. Sweets
    May 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Very good initiative. Keep it up.

  12. ICARE
    May 17, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Another brilliant idea from the Mayor (or his adviser). This should be rolled out island wide! As always however a good idea is just a good idea without proper implementation and management to be sustainable.