UNEP and Solid Waste Manager collaborate on reducing single use plastics

Justin Sealy – General Manager of the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority

The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) with funding from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has entered an agreement with JUA KALI Ltd. for the implementation of a solid waste management project within the Tourism Sector.

Laurah John of Jua Kali

The overall objective of the Arrangement between UNEP and SLSWMA is to ultimately reduce the volume of single use plastic utilized within the Tourism Sector by understanding the use and volume of the plastics waste generated and implementing sustainable procurement and eco- innovation solutions.

The agreement will facilitate activities at five (5) hotels within the Accommodations Services Industry under the Tourism Sector.

It will assess waste streams focusing on single-use plastics resulting in a baseline for plastic materials procured/used as well as the current solid waste management and disposal practices.

It will also list recommendations with respect to improved management, separation, collection, recycling and disposal of plastics for dissemination within the tourism sector, related authorities and other stakeholders.

That project will also develop case studies from each participating hotel, highlighting their pledges and best practices to reduce single use plastics and dissemination to tourism sector networks and specialized communication channels