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Hilton Rose Hall 'Bakkle Drive'

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Standing among the 500,000 plastic bottles collected in the Hilton Rose Hall’s May 'Bakkle Drive' are (from left) Hilton Rose Hall's Carol Bourke, general manger; Semone Green, administrative assistant; and Charmaine Deane director of sales.

More than 500,000 plastic bottles have been collected in Montego Bay and surrounding areas. That is the outcome of The 'Bakkle Drive' - an interdepartment competition held over the past month at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa.

The competition was an initiative designed to engender a spirit of healthy competition, team building and performance excellence among the staff, while doing something for the greater good of the community where the staff live and work.

"Care for the environment and our people, our guests, staff and the wider community is a core value of our organisation, and we all agreed that the 'Bakkle Drive' was consistent with that," said Carol Bourke, general manager of the hotel.

"We were not surprised by the passion and dedication to the task that was demonstrated, since we see that in action every day on property," Bourke added.




Bourke indicated that the original challenge was to collect 100,000 bottles. However, during the month, the targets had to be continuously increased as the teams quickly exceeded each target that was set. Ultimately, more than half a million bottles were collected.

"Plastic bottles are everywhere. Each of us use them every day. So they were easy to find. We are happy for this Bakkle Drive because, by collecting them for recycling, we are preventing them from going into the garbage and staying in the environment for a long time," said Sherelle Rowe, communicator for the project.

The bottles will be sent to the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Family Park Project which aims to collect three million plastic bottles. The KSAC will create an eco-friendly space at the St William Grant Park in Kingston, using recycled materials to build the structures for the area.

The Hilton team hopes their Bakkle Drive will be an example for other companies to do a similar exercise with their employees. In fact, based on its overwhelming success at the Hilton Resort, the other properties in the Jewel Resort Group have started their own Bakkle Drive for the month of June.

The Bakkle Drive was inspired by the Jamaica Environment Trust's 'Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica' campaign and is just another of the ongoing efforts by the hotel to demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship.