Thursday 9 April, 2020

Proud Wisynco ECO winners collect close to 300,000 bottles

Coordinating Teacher, Roshene Mendez (left, rear) looks on as Environment Communication Officer at Wisynco, Shelly-Ann Dunkley (left, front) shares congratulatory high-fives on Monday, January 20, 2020 with George Headley Primary School students in celebration of their number one position in the first phase of Wisynco ECO’s 2019 - 2020 Eco Club Bottle Drive Competition.

Coordinating Teacher, Roshene Mendez (left, rear) looks on as Environment Communication Officer at Wisynco, Shelly-Ann Dunkley (left, front) shares congratulatory high-fives on Monday, January 20, 2020 with George Headley Primary School students in celebration of their number one position in the first phase of Wisynco ECO’s 2019 - 2020 Eco Club Bottle Drive Competition.

George Headley Primary School has emerged as the leading school in the first phase of Wisynco ECO’s 2019 - 2020 Bottle Drive Competition in primary and secondary schools across the island.

The competition, facilitated through the company’s ECO Club programme, saw the Kingston-based institution tallying approximately 280,000 bottles for the September to December school term. In close two, were Wolmers’ High School for Boys and St Andrew’s High School, who collected some 187,000 and 177,000 plastic bottles, respectively.

Commenting on the progress of the fourth year of the Wisynco ECO Bottle Drive Competition, Wisynco’s Environment Communication Officer, Shelly-Ann Dunkley remarked: “George Headley Primary School is doing extremely well for their first year participating in the competition. When their bottles were tallied everyone felt proud and we look forward to what will be collected from all our participating schools for the Easter and summer terms. Our periodic tallies and announcements of points standing in the competition, act as a motivating factor for the teachers, students and parents alike.”

Wisynco’s all-island ECO Club initiative in schools seeks to promote and educate young people about the importance of recycling. Since September, some five million plastic bottles have been collected by the 110 schools enrolled in the 2019-2020 competition.

George Headley Primary School student and member of the Environmental Club leaps into the arms teacher and Club Facilitator Susan Hart after hearing of her school’s leading position in the first phase of Wisynco ECO’s 2019 - 2020 Eco Club Bottle Drive Competition.

Coordinating Teacher at George Headley Primary School, Roshene Mendez shared the secret behind their success.

“The students in the ECO Club love the environment and this competition is exciting for them. We, as a school, have our own in-house competitions where grades compete to take in the most bottles. We have them include the use of songs; and the more the bottles came in, the more students want to recycle. For the kids, it was not just bringing in bottles, it was also helping to make Jamaica clean. And I must say it is especially good when we have our teachers and parents on board,” Mendez shared.

Grade four student at George Headley Primary School, Ataliya Richards, shared what recycling means to her.

“I like recycling, we help to collect bottles and I love when we use them to make something new. Whenever I use a bottle at school I place it in the recycle bin,” said Ataliya.

At the close of the academic year, cash prizes of $200,000, $100,000 and $75,000 for the first, second and third place titles will be presented to the respective schools as an incentive for them to implement their own recycling projects.

According to Wisynco, its ECO arm remains steadfast on its track to exceed the 12,000,000 bottles collected in the preceding year through its ECO Clubs and various other recycling campaigns.

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