Long Mountain Country Club, high in the hills of St Andrew, has started an initiative which will see residents of the gated community separating plastic bottles from the rest of their garbage and storing it for pick-up by re recycling
The project, launched this past Saturday, is being facilitated by local beverage manufacturer Wisynco, which has donated one of its signature wooden recycling cages for the collection.
According to president of the Long Mountain Country Club Association, Stephen Dawkins, the initiative adds to the community’s continuous efforts to be an environmentally friendly and conscious community.
“Over the years we have planted and maintained lots of vegetation on the property, while keeping the green areas in their natural state as much as possible. We are becoming more environmentally friendly through waste water and mulch storage, energy efficient light bulbs, and now this recycling cage,” he said Saturday.
Over a hundred residents signed up to be part of the project.
“Wisynco is more than happy to assist Long Mountain in its recycling efforts,” said the company’s environment communication officer Shelly-Ann Dunkley.
“We want to help residents create habits around recycling, as we continue our efforts to help Jamaicans recycle by getting community members involved and motivated, making recycling simple and easy for as many persons as possible,” she added.
Fayval Williams, Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern — in which Long Mountain falls — was in attendance at the unveiling of the recycling cage and commended the residents, stating, “The Long Mountain Country Club is at the forefront of the recycling initiative in Jamaica and will serve as a great example to other communities of how a motivated group of citizens can come together and do so much.”
Other attendees at the launch, on Saturday, September 1, 2018, in community’s club house, included People’s National Party councillor for the Papine Division in St Andrew Eastern Venesha Phillips, members of the Wisynco team and residents.