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Eastwood Gardens youth launch clean community initiative

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM

YOUTH IN Eastwood Gardens, Cassia Park have launched a Clean Community Initiative to improve attitudes towards waste management and environmental preservation within their community.

The launch took place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Eastwood Gardens Youth for Progress Club. A grant funded by USAID through the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change II (Ja REEACH II) project, has enabled the Eastwood Gardens Youth Club to launch their


"The project will provide a means for community members to recycle plastic bottles and raise awareness of climate change and actions to reduce negative impacts on the community," said a release from the Ja REEACH II Project.

"It will be implemented through community sensitisation via fora and door-to-door visits. Clean-up days will also be coordinated for drains, roads and gullies around the community.

The initiative will also include the distribution of bags and placement of recycling bins throughout the community. The collection of bottles will be facilitated by the Recycling Partners of Jamaica," the release added.

Representative from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Opal Davis, in lauding the youth group, said "initiatives like these make our job at the NSWMA so much easier."

City Inspector for the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, Alrick Francis, in his commendations, noted the importance of children growing up in a clean and healthy environment.