Residents of Stony Hill (Social Development Commission), St Andrew took the top prize of $150,000 at the recently concluded ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ initiative during a prize giving ceremony on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.
The winning community collected 1,250 pounds of PET bottles in less than a month, while second place went to Rae Town, Kingston, who logged 200 less than the winner, received $50,000 and third place went to Gregory Park, St Catherine with $30,000.
Recycle Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) played an integral role in the waste disposal/plastic bottle collection competition which followed the workshops, where participants were trained in solid waste best practices. RPJ assessed the number of bottles collected by the respective communities, weighed submissions accordingly and accurately determined the winner.
The U.S. Embassy funded program was done in partnership with Stephen Newland and USAID’s COMET11 to address the issue of climate change and recycling in three selected communities; Rae Town, Stony Hill and Gregory Park. This project supports one of the U.S. Embassy’s primary objectives, which is to enable Jamaican health and prosperity. Proceeds won will go towards the implementation of Climate Change initiatives within the respective communities.
Joshua Polacheck, Counselor of Public Affairs told participants that the issue of climate change needs to be of personal concern. He also emphasized that “addressing the issue of global climate change can begin with small actions which, together, will have a big impact on containing carbon emissions.”
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