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.