Press Release:– On Wednesday December 9, 2020, the Department of Sustainable Development held a prize giving ceremony to reward students who had participated in the “Trash to Treasure” Video Competition.
Launched in October, 2020, the competition required participants to record a five minute video, showing an innovative and effective way to convert plastic trash material into useful treasure.
The aim of the competition was to create an awareness of the detrimental effects of single use plastics to the environment.
It also allowed for students to show their creativity and innovation in the recycling of these items.
One of the main sponsors of the “Trash to Treasure” competition was Massy Stores.
The company was represented at the prize giving ceremony by Divisional Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Mrs. Sariah Best Joseph.
“Massy Stores is always excited to be a part of such initiatives,” she said as she recollected the company’s own campaign on single use plastics.
“I recalled a few years ago hearing the Minister (Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert) speaking of Government’s concern about the impact of plastic waste on the environment and the call for a reduction in our plastic use, due to the effects on our land based environment and the oceans,” Mrs. Joseph said.
“We eagerly agreed to assist customers and the public to reduce single use plastic by introducing reusable bags two years ago. Since then the company has been able to divert over 17 million plastic bags that would have entered the landfill or the oceans,” she revealed.
Mrs. Sariah Best Joseph thanked all of the students who participated in the “Trash to Treasure” video competition, noting that they were an important part of the campaign on the effects of single use plastics on the environment and reducing the use of such.
Another partner of the competition was the Saint Lucia National Conservation Foundation (SLUNCF).
Ms. Primmeau Gajadhar of the SLUNCF said that the organization was pleased to partner with the Department of Sustainable Development to bring more awareness of the negative effects of single use plastics on our ecosystems, livelihoods and communities.
During the distribution of prizes Ms. Yasmin Jude of the Department of Sustainable Development indicated that besides the top three prizes in the primary school and secondary school categories, all of the participants would be rewarded.
In the primary school category, the third place prize went to Sa’Nye Remy of the Denney Infant School for her turtle flower pot creation.
In second place was Terielle Marcion of the Carmen Rene’ Memorial School who came up with a hair clip made out of plastic bottle caps and in first place Dame Pearlette Louisy’s Lynanna Thornille created a bow holder from a plastic bottle.
In the Secondary School category, Daisy Eva Christophe of Anse Ger Secondary came in third for her umbrella holder made from plastic bottles.
Terrell Marcion of Saint Mary’s College won the second and first place prizes for his respective entries – a desk organizer and a lamp made out of plastics.
A special prize by the judges was awarded to Chela and Scott Alcee, while participants Adaya Baptiste, Christina G. William and Raphael Mohara were also rewarded.
A final prize; “the People’s Choice” award will be decided by the public. All of the videos can be viewed on the Facebook page “Sustaining Saint Lucia 411” where persons can “like” their favourite video.
The deadline to do so is December 13, 2020.
The Department of Sustainable Development would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the “Trash to Treasure” Video Competition and also thanked the parents, teachers and friends for the support and encouragement given to the students.