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Wisynco Eco Club a major hit with schools

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:10 AM

In just under 10 months, several thousand students across the island successfully collected over eight million plastic bottles through the Wisynco Eco Club Recycle Competition.

The third staging of this school-based initiative, which commenced in September and ended in May, surpassed its target of three million plastic bottles by more than ­double the amount – a resounding success for the ­students, the schools, their communities, and the entire country.

Through the Wisynco Eco Club, students have found creative and efficient ways to recycle, involving their teachers, parents, and communities. Shelly-Ann Dunkley, environment communication officer, Wisynco, was overjoyed with the success of the efforts put out by the students.

“Our target was three million plastic bottles over the school year, which we thought was a challenging yet achievable volume for the students. We are overwhelmed with pride knowing that the schools went above and beyond and collected more than the targeted amount. This speaks volumes to what we can achieve as a nation if we start instilling recycling habits and best practices in our youth,” she said. “That was the aim of Wisynco Eco Club, to start a recycle revolution, and, given the results, we are well on our way, even with more work to do”.

The overall competition winner in the high-school category was Denbigh High School, with the collection of 645,384 plastic ­bottles. It was a well-deserved victory for the school that, for the second year in a row, had rallied the entire ­community to join in their ­recycling efforts. Denbigh walked away with $200,000 to be used in creating or continuing an environmental project at the institution. First and second runners-up in the high-school category were Vere Technical, with 345,568 bottles, and Wolmer’s Boys’ with 321,024. They received $100,000 and $75,000, respectively, as a reward for their valiant efforts.

In the primary-school category, the winner was Sandy Bank Primary. The institution came out victorious with 479,808 plastic bottles collected. Runners-up in this category were Pedro Plains Primary and Southborough Primary with 297,480 and 246,360 plastic bottles, respectively. They, too, received $100,000 and $75,000, respectively, as a reward for their significant placement in the competition.

Wisynco also awarded cash prizes to winning schools in each region across the island.

For more information on Wisynco Eco, visit http://wisynco.com/eco. Contact your nearest recycling outlet for more details on how to recycle. Assist your ­favourite schools by dropping off your plastic bottles at their locations.