Wisynco ECO and AISK partner to launch recycle cage
Environment Communication Officer at Wisynco, Shelly-Ann Dunkley (left) interacts with students at the American International School of Kingston’s (AISK) during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened recycle cage.
Wisynco ECO, the corporate social responsibility arm of Wisynco Group Limited, has partnered with the American International School of Kingston (AISK) to launch a recycle cage for students and staff of AISK to actively participate in Jamaica’s plastic bottle recycling movement.
The cage was unveiled during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
The occasion marked Wisynco ECO’s endorsement of AISK’s Global Issues Network and Garbage Patrol initiatives; and underscored Wisynco ECO and AISK’s commitment to playing an active role in helping to preserve Jamaica’s environment.
CEO of Wisynco, Andrew Mahfood spoke to the importance of partnerships at various levels.
“What this does is it brings us together with the schools to encourage them to recycle - and the kids are so passionate about recycling and removing plastic from our environment. AtWisynco that’s exactly what we want to do, we want to encourage all stakeholders, encourage our entire country to recycle,” Mahfood explained.
CEO of Wisynco Group Limited, Andrew Mahfood (r), is joined by students of the American International School of Kingston’s (AISK), as they place the first plastic bottle deposit in the school’s newly opened recycle cage, following the recent ribbon cutting ceremony.
Wisynco, through its ECO initiative, has been a major stakeholder in Jamaica’s recycling movement for the past four years.
To date, ECO has engaged community groups, individuals, businesses and educational institutions by positioning recycling as everyone’s responsibility.
Mahfood outlined that “As a leading manufacturer and distributor of beverages and consumer products, our packaging contributes to plastics in the environment. We, therefore, play our part in helping to lead the charge in ensuring that plastics do not cause harm to the environment; and we do this through Wisynco ECO and by assisting Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) through the promotion of proper waste management solutions such as educating, collecting and recycling.”
The CEO went on to share that “We should all adopt the mindset to not just throw a bottle away, it has value and it can be recycled. We also want to encourage persons that not only juice bottles and water bottles can be recycled, we would like persons to understand that the shampoo bottles, lotion bottles and other types of bottles can be recycled as well,” Mahfood continued.
The American International School of Kingston welcomed the partnership with Wisynco ECO as an opportunity to expand its recycling projects within its Global Issues Network and Garbage Patrol initiatives. AISK’s Head of School, Susan Canobie, shared her thoughts on the partnership.
“The Global Issues Network is about outreach and about making Jamaica a cleaner place. In fact, just recently we did another beach clean-up and AISK knows it is our responsibility to do more because we can do more. We gather families, friends and other students to participate in these clean-up projects, so to have the opportunity to partner with Wisynco and launch this new Recycling Cage, it felt right, it felt natural. It gives us the chance to do more on the part of keeping Jamaica cleaner,” Canobie stated.
“We are sure the recycling cage will be well utilised by our students as they feel it is a personal responsibility to keep the environment safe and clean. In fact, a lot of our initiatives are student initiatives. For example, from a long time ago students banned styrofoam from the campus and launched their ‘Take your own cutlery to school’ initiative. As well, as our Grade four have started the Garbage Patrol in an effort to make AISK one of the cleanest schools in the world,” said Canobie.
Wisynco ECO considers the partnership with AISK and the more than 100 primary and secondary schools across the island through its ECO Clubs, as an important strategy in educating and engaging young people in the local recycle movement.
ECO also conducts bottle drives and various campaigns spearheaded by its brand ambassadors and ECO Troopers (staff volunteers) to involve participation from local businesses, community groups and individuals to achieve its goal of creating greener and cleaner Jamaica.
ECO is encouraging individuals and corporate Jamaica to deposit their recyclable plastics [PET and HDPE bottles] at RPJ drop sites located all across the island. For a list of locations, you can visit www.Wisynco.com for more information.