Recovery Programme, aimed at generating public participation in the practise of
recycling, has received financial support from the Massy Group. Through Massy’s contribution, collection bins
will be returned to all Plastikeep collection centres across the country, for
recyclable waste to be collected on a regular basis.
have a role to play, along with our valued customers, to take some responsibility
for disposing of our waste in an environmentally sensitive manner. Our support is meant to maintain regular
collection of the waste, which is a core activity to keep the practise of
recycling alive and growing in Trinidad and Tobago,” commented Derek Winford,
CEO, Massy Stores (Trinidad).
“The entire Massy
Group is behind this initiative, not just Massy Stores, because we understand
that our contribution today is an investment in a cleaner, more sustainable
country for our children,” added Winford.
In June 2016, the
operation of the NGO was halted due to the pending appointment of a Board for
the Green Fund. Plastikeep’s Project
Director, Rosanna Farmer, earlier this year lamented the fact that the NGO did
not receive any funding for the year from the government, which threatened the
continuance of its operation. Massy has pledged
to offset the funding of collection services and is optimistic that government
will shortly resume its funding of a project of such great significance.
“I am so grateful
to Massy for coming to our rescue and ensuring that we are able to keep the
collection effort going. The success of
this programme is based on changing human behaviour and getting our citizens in
the habit of recycling. Without bins and
a collection service, we are hindering behavioural change so Massy’s commitment
to facilitating this activity is immeasurable,” said Farmer.
The Plastikeep project, launched as a pilot project in May
2010, was created to address Trinidad and Tobago’s mounting problem of plastic
waste as well as the lack of consciousness in the general population around
proper plastic disposal. The pilot project was the first time in Trinidad &
Tobago that the general public had been given the opportunity to dispose of its
plastic waste in a manner that protects and conserves the environment. It also
provided the opportunity to convert that would-be waste into a useful
resource. There are over 67 collection
centres around Trinidad and Tobago, including 4 Massy Stores locations. For more information visit http://www.plastikeep.com/