The Castries based Recycling & Waste Management Solutions firm was recently presented with an award for its work in the field of sustainable development. The company copped the international Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA).
Managing Director Wayne Neale traveled to Vienna, Austria on October 7, to receive the honor. The St. Lucia-born, former Hollis, Queens resident accepted the Urban and Regional Development category honor from the awards group.
The SEA recognised sustainable energy initiatives around the world and also projects and companies from the U.S., Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Austria.
The St. Lucia project, started in 2010 and began providing recycling and waste management services to the island businesses earlier this year through a key partnership with the Recycle It St. Lucia firm.
It creates a one-stop shopping destination for the green disposal of waste for businesses.
“What we actually do is establish workplace recycling programs for businesses. We train the staff on how to maintain a separation of waste, we provide the education materials, we do the collection and transport and the processing of the recyclable materials,” Neale said.
Job creation, the development of a green economy and increased foreign exchange — by exporting sought-after recycled wasted to other nations — are the “Greening the Caribbean’s” goals.
“Just like bananas can be exported, we’re exporting waste materials,” said Neale, giving credit for his company’s successes to its team — master mechanic Ravon Henville, the materials recovery coordinator; Aloysius Jn. Francois, the e-waste coordinator and workplace recycling field supervisor; natural building specialist Mirelle Lemaine; and information technology specialist and graphic designer Nathan Lee.
With hope of expanding to the island’s households, Neale said a residential recycling pilot program to show the feasibility and benefit of recycling materials instead of just dumping them in a landfill.