Eastwood Gardens youth launch clean community initiative
Youth in Eastwood Gardens and Cassia Park have launched a Clean Community Initiative to improve attitudes towards waste management and environmental preservation within their community.
A grant funded by USAID through the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change II (Ja REEACH II) project helped the Eastwood Gardens Youth Club launch their campaign.
The project will provide a means for community members to recycle plastic bottles and raise awareness of climate change and actions to reduce negative impacts on the community.
It will be implemented through community sensitization via fora and door to door visits. Clean-up days will also be coordinated for drains, roads and gullies around the community.
The initiative will also include the distribution of bags and placement of recycling bins throughout the community. The collection of bottles will be facilitated by the Recycling Partners of Jamaica.
Representative from the National Solid Waste Management (NSWMA), Opal Davis, in lauding the youth group said “Initiatives like these make our job at the NSWMA so much easier.”
City Inspector for the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Alrick Francis in his commendations, spoke about the importance of children growing up in a clean and healthy environment.
Meanwhile, Parish Manager from the Kingston and St. Andrew Social Development Commission, Sandra Gouldbourne, highlighted that the intervention was unique as it is the young people who are taking the lead in cleaning up the community.
The grant from Ja REEACH II will provide the group with climate change training to support their awareness efforts and community cleaning equipment to facilitate clean-up day activities.