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Schools recycling competition launched


Secondary and primary schools in and around capital Kingstown have kicked off a three-week recycling competition here.{{more}}

The programme got off to a start at the Thomas Saunders Secondary School and is being spearheaded by All Islands Recycling (AIR) Inc, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Digicel.

During this, the pilot phase of the programme, students will be encouraged to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans by placing them in the receptacles that have been placed at all the participating schools by the organisers.

The multi-faceted initiative provides an opportunity for students to earn while they learn. They are being encouraged to keep their environment clean and tidy, while earning much needed cash for their schools. Students are being paid up to four dollars and eighty cents per kilo for clean bottles, up to two dollars and forty cents for dirty bottles; clean aluminum cans will fetch up to two dollars and forty cents per kilo and one dollar per kilo for dirty cans.

In addition, the three schools which earn the most money during this pilot programme will receive $1,500, $1,000 and $500 dollars respectively. These monies are expected to go towards a school project determined by the schools.

A release from organisers AIR Inc states that the programme will extend to all schools throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines after the pilot has been assessed.