A two-year Pilot Plastic Recycling project (RePLAST – OECS), aimed at setting-up and testing systems for the collection and management of plastic waste from target communities in Saint Lucia is to be introduced here.
It will also provide support to local recyclers to facilitate the export of used plastic bottles for recycling, particular to the SIDREP plant in Martinique.
The project will be piloted in select districts in Saint Lucia and also seeks to raise awareness of the ecological issues surrounding managing and selectively sorting recyclable waste.
The project is being implemented by UNITE Caribbean (UC), which is a Caribbean cooperation and development consulting firm, with the primary objective of providing support for sustainable social and economic development of the Caribbean through regional technical cooperation.
The project is being funded primarily by the Ministry of European and External Affairs, Government of the Republic of France, through its Saint Lucia-based embassy to the OECS and Barbados, with a grant of €830,000.00, but with significant counterpart support (in-kind and funding) from the GOSL, the private sector, and civil society.
In this regard, the project has secured commitments of support from a range of agencies, including the St. Lucia Manufacturers Association (SMA) and Massy Foods from the private sector; development partners such as the GIZ/CATs project, the OECS Commission and the St. Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLNCF); and the St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA).
In Martinique, technical assistance is being received from SIDREP and the Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (ADEME).