Basseterre, St. Kitts, Thursday November 09, 2023: In a heartwarming celebration of environmental consciousness, the St. Kitts and Nevis Solid Waste Management Corporation (SWMC) in conjunction with the Taiwanese Technical Mission, hosted an award ceremony on Thursday, November 9, to recognize the outstanding efforts of primary schools in the inaugural “St. Kitts and Nevis Primary School Recycling Competition.” The competition, aimed at promoting sustainable practices among youth, saw enthusiastic participation from 33 primary schools across the twin-island federation.
Ambassador Michael C.H Lin, of the Republic China (Taiwan) (ROC), explained the competition’s rationale.
“As you know, the Solid Waste Management and Recycling Project, which started in 2021, was conceptualized in line with the international community’s raising awareness of the importance of solid waste management, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.’ The governments of St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan have been working together in this project to reduce waste generation, raise the reusing rate of resources and promote the concept of circular economy in St. Kitts. In this competition, we are excited to see the students from 33 primary schools in St. Kitts and Nevis joining us in practicing recycling and waste clarification.”
The highlight of the morning was the acknowledgment of the top-performing schools that demonstrated an exceptional commitment to recycling. The coveted title of the top collector of overall bottles was awarded to two schools: one from each island. Seventh Day Adventist Primary School (St. Kitts) which collected 3,564.94lbs bottles and Charlestown Primary School (Nevis) who collected 1,519.01lbs. The individual contributions of students were also recognized with special awards for the top three schools that collected the most bottles per student contribution. Cecile Browne Integrated School (Nevis) secured the first-place position, showcasing the incredible efforts of its students in championing the cause of recycling by averaging 22.40lbs of bottles per student contribution. Taking second place in the student contribution category was Violet O. Jeffers-Nicholls Primary