Saint Lucians urged to reduce waste; utilize reusable items

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Saint Lucians urged to reduce waste; utilize reusable items

(SNO) — Saint Lucians have been urged to reduce waste by utilizing reusable items as efforts continue to keep the island clean.

The advice came from Glen Lake, officer with responsibility for corporate communications and public relations with the JICA Saint Lucia Office, following a major cleaning activity recently.

He pointed out that Saint Lucians are not big environmental fans but it is part of his organization’s mission to keep the island clean.

“Most people here in Saint Lucia are not fanatical environmentalists by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s part of our joint mission to ‘Keep Saint Lucia Green & Clean’ and of course take care of the environment as much as possible,” he said. “We should all do our part to reduce waste by using reusable items when we can and declining straws or utensils when we don’t need them.”

The campaign was the first major-activity, clean-up exercise for 2019 under the theme “Keep Saint Lucia Green & Clean” and was done in partnership with “Greening the Caribbean”.

A team made up of persons from all ages began the mission from the Massy Mega in Choc and cleaned their way to the end of the Choc Beach (close to the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay Resort).

Wayne Neale of “Greening the Caribbean” explained the impact that littering has on the society and implored the younger volunteers to pay closer attention to their daily habits as things which may be deemed harmless actually do play a big part in the ripple effect, damaging the environment.

Meanwhile, Lake stated that the clean-up campaign aims to motivate the community at large to keep their surroundings clean, and that all the organizations present would continue advocating for a safer and cleaner environment for all in Saint Lucia.

The next campaign is slated for February and details of the same will be disseminated as they become available.

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