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.