Regional Operations Manager for Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) Waste Management Edward Muir (right) and May Pen High and Preparatory School Principal Dr Winston Preddie (left) pose with students for a photo with three barrels of waste disposal on Tuesday. (Photo: SPM)
MAY PEN, Clarendon – Students in south-central parishes are being encouraged to containerize and properly segregate their waste through Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) Waste Management’s solid waste disposal awareness campaign.
Edward Muir, regional manager of SPM – responsible for solid waste cleanup in Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth, said a new campaign was launched on Tuesday targeting schools.
“We started with the Clean Sweep School Tour, which is an initiative where we use this medium to tour schools in this area to educate children about the importance of proper containerization,” he said. .
“We expect students to use this initiative to bring her back to communities, their churches and homes, so she can help us spread the message. Now we know that [there is] a challenge when it comes to garbage collection. The reason for that is the lack of units, so what we’re doing now is if we can educate people to properly containerize their waste, that can mitigate some of what’s happening on the ground,” a- he added.
Muir encourages the public to separate items that can be used for recycling, such as bottles, from other solid waste and to use appropriate waste containers.
“What happens is that when the garbage is not properly containerized, it takes longer for the crew to fill their daily schedule, so we intend to continue this program. We have started in Clarendon we then move to Manchester and then to St Elizabeth,” he said.
SPM distributed three different colored drums to May Pen Secondary and Preparatory School on Tuesday.
“One drum is for loose trash, one for separating plastic, and one for banana peel and kitchen peeling,” Muir explained.
“We are trying to separate the garbage as much as possible so that the canister with the plastic bottles – the recycling company is already on alert, so they will be going to schools to collect the bottles,” he added.
“What’s going to happen is when we go to schools to pick up trash, we’ll have less trash to pick up,” Muir said.
The school’s principal, Dr Winston Preddie, said the 370-student institution had done retraining before.
“We had been collecting the bottles for years and they were recycling and they came here and collected the bottles. The garbage truck comes otherwise to pick up the household waste and we have a number of barrels [for that],” he said.
“…But plastic bottles are the ones that [causes] the most trouble because afterwards the truck stopped coming here to pick up the bottles and we ended up with hundreds of bottles and nowhere to throw them. Now they are coming back to restart the recycling process and I am very happy to be part of it,” he added.