|Recycling education for the next generation|
|Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:41|
In an effort to create awareness on proper waste disposal and introduce children to good conservation and recycling habits, the Turks and Caicos National Trust led a tour of the recycling plant on Providenciales to celebrate World Earth Day on April 23.
In cooperation with TCI Waste Disposal Services Ltd., through owner and manager Ramez Hakoura, grade 5 and 6 students of Precious Treasures School saw how the recycling process is done on Provo’s lone recycling centre in Blue Hills. They learned first-hand why recycling is important and how they can contribute to taking care of Mother Earth by recycling.
“This year’s Earth Day theme is ‘Mobilize the Earth: Living Green.’ This trip is a good way of addressing recycling, reuse and waste reduction first-hand,” said Jonathan Sayao, the trust’s education officer.
“We at the Turks and Caicos National Trust believe that fostering green habits with students today puts them on a path towards a lifetime environmental sustainability, and what a fitting occasion to teach them about recycling education than today, Earth Day,” Sayao said.
The tour of the facility gave the students an opportunity to investigate the what, where, how and why of recycling. The students discovered what happens after garbage collection and where plastics, bottles and cardboard end up after they go through a series of machines.
After World Thinking Day in February when the same set of students were presented with talks on environmental protection and recycling by National Trust staff, it was time to see recycling in action on Earth Day.
“I am amazed,” said 6th grade student Arneah Moises. “I learned that by recycling, waste products such as glass and plastic bottles can be used to make other beneficial products while at the same time benefitting our environment.”
Current Miss Earth Turks and Caicos Alison Capron also gave encouraging words to the students, promoting recycling interest among the kids. She reinforced that recycling works, how important it is to get materials into the recycling bin, and enticed them to take pride in TCI’s “beautiful by nature” environment. With her was former title holder Tameka Deveaux-Francis.
“We hope to make this the start of a thriving awareness among our youth in the area of environmental protection,” Sayao said. “It is hugely important as this will surely help kids make sound and thoughtful choices that will positively influence our local and global environment.”
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