Press Release: On Saturday, January 16th, 2021, 60 residents from Gros Islet and its environs delivered 974 pounds of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (High-density polyethylene) plastic waste to the first of three RePLAST Collection Points (RCP) to go into operation.
From the quantity of plastics delivered, patrons earned a combined total of 365,443 RePLAST Reward points.
Implementing agency of the RePLAST OECS Pilot Plastic Recycling Project, UNITE Caribbean, along with partnering agencies, Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority and the Gros Islet Constituency Council have hailed the first RePLAST Collection Point (RCP) a success.
“When we talk about the environment in Gros Iset, it is not only protecting the sea, the land, but also protecting our livelihood. In Gros Islet, we totally depend on the tourism industry and as one of the largest constituencies, we generate quite a bit of plastic. Therefore, we have a responsibility to manage and take care of this.” Mayor of Gros Islet James Edwin, said.
The Republic of France, the main funding partner, continues to maintain a keen interest in the implementation of the project.
Mr. Simon Delage, Regional Officer for the Caribbean at the French Embassy in Saint Lucia, said Saturday’s success was a toast to UNITE Caribbean, the implementing agency of the RePLAST Pilot Project. He commended the residents of Gros Islet and its environs for their commitment to participate in combating the issue of plastic pollution.
“I am very happy for this initiative today. From the amount of plastic that we saw and the amount of people who stopped by today, this is really a great success for us at the French Embassy but also for UNITE Caribbean and for all volunteers,” Mr. Delage said.
In preparation for RCP operations, RePLAST-OECS is equipping each of the coordinating agencies with its own inventory of hardware and equipment, inclusive of tents, chairs, scales, signage and computers to facilitate operations.
Over the past three months, the RePLAST-OECS Pilot Project and its partners have mobilized more than 100 volunteers island-wide, and developed and delivered volunteer training on the operation of RCPs.
The Gros Islet RePLAST Collection Point is one of three in the northern district. The other two Collection Points for that district will be located in the areas of Monchy and Grande Riviere.
The RePLAST-OECS Project creates a sustainable model for the efficient management of plastic waste, which can be adopted in other Caribbean countries.
It is primarily funded by the Republic of France on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia and is being implemented by UNITE Caribbean.