(PRESS RELEASE) – EVERY SATURDAY from 16th September to 11th November 2017, Saint Lucians and visitors alike will have the opportunity to be responsible consumers AND earn Massy Stores Reward Points by bringing in their household glass and plastic bottles/jars/containers to a Resource Recovery Depot.
The “pop-up shop” styled Depots will be open from 7:30AM to 4:30PM at four (4) Massy Store locations to be announced shortly.
The Resource Recovery Depots are part of a Pilot Project developed and being executed by JUA KALI LTD. – a local startup, social enterprise – in partnership with Massy Stores Saint Lucia, and with the Corporate Social Investments made by the following businesses:
Harris Paints Saint Lucia, Caribbean Metals Limited, Calabash TV & AllBiz Limited, The Cell, St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC), Helen Television Systems & Radio 100, Choice TV, Blue Waters Saint Lucia Ltd, and Sol Petroleum.
Additional support is being provided by the Government of Saint Lucia, Volunteer Saint Lucia, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Saint Lucia National Trust SLNT).
According to a World Bank Report on global solid waste management, Saint Lucia generates 4.35kg of municipal waste per capita. The last major effort to control the island’s waste came in 2003 when the Deglos Sanitary landfill was established. We are now approaching the last few years of its projected twenty-year lifespan.
This begs the question, what is the next step? Do we allocate more of our limited land resources towards creating another landfill?
“Waste” and how we deal with it is an increasingly urgent issue faced by most Small Island Developing States like Saint Lucia, but it also offers an occasion to pioneer bold and innovative approaches that have real and positive economic, social and environmental impacts. JUA KALI LTD. is poised to take advantage of these opportunities!
The Team is also supported by a pool of committed local, regional and international Technical Advisers whom are called upon based on the expertise required.
JUA KALI LTD. is the passion project of Ms Laurah John, which stemmed from her Master’s research on poverty reduction and sustainable solid waste management in Saint Lucia. This concept further won Ms John and her eight person team, the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum Startup Weekend Entrepreneurship Competition, held from October 25 to 27, 2013 in Paris, France.
JUA KALI LTD. has identified an opportunity through waste management to bring to the fore a different mindset that seeks to do more good versus less bad. Furthermore, it seeks to introduce a new business model that can create new forms of financial and extra-financial value. This Pilot Project represents one critical step in this larger agenda to transform solid waste management and move Saint Lucia towards a dynamic and resilient circular economy.