PHILIPSBURG — Over 2000 students and teachers across seven Catholic elementary and high schools will start the school year with recycling on campus. The goal of this project is to promote in-classroom sorting and separation and get kids involved and aware, at an early age, with the concept of recycling. GreenBox launches this project in partnership with Meadowlands as a pro bono and pilot project, one of many more projects to come.
A total of 80 classrooms will be equipped with the three individual sorting bins for plastic, paper & cardboard and cans & glass. Once these bins are full, they will be emptied in the central recycle bin on the school premises, which will have the identical division.
GreenBox was created in March of this year after winning the ‘Do Tank’ event at the SXM Build Back Better Week. The idea behind GreenBox was to create a digital platform and community to be able to reward individuals for recycling, with the goal to encourage more people to recycle and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our landfill. Since winning, the GreenBox team has been working to make this concept a reality. Until this digital platform is official launched, Greenbox decided to create a similar rewards program, by doing this pilot project to introduce recycling in schools.
“There’s been a lot of obstacles. The most obvious challenge was the lack of a proper recycling infrastructure on the Dutch side of the island. With no recycling bins and no recycling or sorting facility, GreenBox needed to explore the options of strategic partners in order to create this infrastructure”, the GreenBox team said.
Meadowlands B.V. partnered with GreenBox because of their main objectives and vision for the island. “Being in the waste management industry for so many years, Meadowlands main objective is to continue to keep our environment clean by providing the best collection and disposal service and developing a more organized waste management infrastructure on St. Maarten” Managing Director of Meadowlands, Gregory Richardson said. GreenBox and Meadowlands along with a consultancy agency will ensure that recyclable items, once picked up and sorted at a local facility, will ultimately be prepped and shipped off-island to global repurposing facilities to be processed and re-used.
GreenBox thanks its corporate sponsors who supported this project from its inception. ORCO Bank donated all in-classroom bins for this project. Safe Cargo, Print Express, Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance Marina and MLGC trucking also donated their resources for this project.
“It is so nice to be able to cooperate with an organization that is focused on something as important as the environment and contributing to the wellbeing and health of our children, general population and future generations” Catholic School Board Director, Dr. Marlon Halley said.
Although the Catholic schools are being used for the pilot recycling project, Phase 2 – GreenBox for Business is now available. GreenBox for Business offers recycling solutions and pick up services for local businesses and private gated communities (with HOA’s). For more information or to sign up for GreenBox for Business, visit www.greenbox.sx/business.
GreenBox will keep the public involved on the official launch date of Phase 3, which includes recycling and rewards for all households on Sint Maarten. To stay up to date with all the latest from GreenBox follow their latest updates on Facebook or Instagram: GreenBoxSXM.
Photo caption: Names for group photo: Gregory Richardson from Meadowlands, Sabrina Jno Baptiste, Jesse Peterson, Lela Simmonds and Jennifer Carty from Greenbox, amongst teachers from the Catholic schools.
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