Rotary Club launches initiative to reclaim Nature Island

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Rotary Club launches initiative to reclaim Nature Island by: – March 13, 2012 Share 62 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! President of the Club Marvlyn Birmingham presenting bio-degradable bag to Arlene Hall of Save-A-Lot.The Rotary Club of Dominica has partnered with the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, the Environmental Coordinating Unit and the three local supermarkets on island to reduce the use of plastic and to reclaim the nature island.The Club launched this environmental project at a press conference on Tuesday with a view to educating the public on the negative effects which plastics have on the society as well as to reduce the amount of plastic bags currently being used and replace them with bio-degradable shopping bags.Past President of the Rotary Club Marie-Jose Edwards explained the importance of this environmental project to the island.“There are two major components of this project; one is the distribution of bio-degradable shopping bags to the supermarkets that are involved and also indirectly and directly to the consumers and to undertake an extensive public awareness program.”Edwards noted that “we are the stewards of the environment” and it is therefore every citizen’s responsibility to ensure that they play their part in “conserving its resources”.She recognized that “plastics are a very important part of our lives” but highlighted the Club’s objective to inform the public of the “negative impact” which plastics have on the environment.“The whole idea is to encourage them to use reusable plastic bags and to reduce their use of plastics,” Edwards said.The Club has formally written to most of the major supermarkets on the island however so far only three have responded favorably.Marie-Jose EdwardsThey are; A C. Shillingford and Company, H. H. V. Whitchurch and Company and Save-A-Lot Supermarket and a representative of each company was present at the press conference.Head of production division at H. H. V. Whitchurch, Geoff Astaphan congratulated the Club for launching this “very important initiative” which he said everyone should take very seriously and play their part in curtailing the use of plastics on island. He informed that his company has been making an effort to “save the environment” and will distribute the bio-degradable bags during their mid-month madness on Wednesday along with Whitchurch IGA re-usable bags.Arlene Hall of Save-A-Lot also commended the Club for implementing “such an important program.” She explained that prior to being contacted by the Club she noticed during a tour of the island that “Save-A-Lot shopping bags has been contributing to unsightly scenes” and thanked the Club for playing a role in trying to keep the environment clean. Hall also announced that her company will launch a green initiative later this month which will comprise of a green day where about 1000 bio-degradable bags will be distributed to consumers. Plastics are made from petroleum products, natural gas and they utilize non-renewable resources helping to drive up the fuel prices and they take between 15 to 1000 years to decompose.Plastics are at risk of photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them to toxic polymer particles and once these polymer particles are present in the soil they pose a threat to the water table, animals and humans. Former past president Edwards also provided statistics on Dominica’s importation of plastics in 2007 which was 299, 000 kilos amounting to EC$2.4 million and 318, 000 kilos in 2009 which amounted to EC$2.9 million.Coordinator of the project and Rotarian Annie Edwards thanked the Rotary Club of Borden, Ohio which contributed 1150 of the bags to the Club.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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