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Conservation and community benefit: Waste recycling baler and recycling bins

Date Approved: 07.2010

Antigua and Barbuda is a small island nation in the West Indies. Littering, overflowing landfills and the burning of garbage are serious problems faced by Antigua and all islands throughout the world.

The Antigua & Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation (ABWREC) is a project of the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown, in partnership with the government’s National Solid Waste Management Authority. ABWREC collects recyclable materials, then processes and exports them. It also offers education to raise public awareness about recycling, waste reduction and management, and gives tours and demonstrations of the recycling facility. ABWREC provides the only waste recycling service in the Eastern Caribbean. It also provides a unique social service, by recruiting staff though local drug rehabilitation centers and offering them the chance to re-enter the workforce.

To help ABWREC with the growing demand for its services, Seacology is providing funds for a new waste recycling baler and 36 100-gallon recycling bins. The bins will be placed in schools and commercial centers.

Project Updates

June 2011

According to Antigua Field Representative Mykl Clovis, ABWREC’s new High Density 60-E720 Baler arrived on island on April 11th. The baler is now in the process of being installed at the recycling facility. It is expected to be operational within the next week, and ABWREC plans to host a small press event for this new addition to the plant. In addition to increasing the capacity for processing plastics, aluminium, and scrap steel the new baler allows the plant to now accept cardboard, which makes up a significant part of the waste stream on an island where the majority of consumer items are imported in cardboard boxes. The plant has already started stockpiling cardboard for recycling.

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September 2010

As of September 2010 field representative Mykl Clovis reports that the baler model that was originally proposed in the project is apparently not as versatile as hoped, and after discussions with the plant in Barbados quotes for another more suitable model are being obtained. A source has been found that can supply a reconditioned version of the preferred model that should be within budget, but it will take a few weeks to confirm the details.

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