Several weeks ago, the Deep Creek Middle School Early Act and Eco Club teamed up with Preston Albury High School‘s newly formed Eco-club to sort plastics 1, 2, and 5. This is the first initiative within South Eleuthera to implement a larger scale recycle center. The plastics will be shipped to Nassau, New Providence, then shipped internationally. The idea is to begin more of these stations throughout the island to increase awareness of plastic consumption, dangers, and practices.
Plastics can be separated into several categories. Each category can be found on the tag or at the bottom of the bottle. Here is an example:
It wasn’t the prettiest job sorting plastic bottles, food containers, and removing bottle caps from a few hundred bottles, but we made it fun with a competition between 3 groups to see who could sort the most! Who knew there were so many types of recycle numbers, what they can be used for, and the steps needed to separate. Such as taking the covers off, the plastic ring portion, and removing and paper labels.
All plastics will be sent to Cans for Kids in Nassau and then sent to the States for recycling. Cans for Kids is a Bahamian non profit that recycles cans, and now plastics as well, to raise money for schools and youth organizations. This event was an effort to spruce up the recycle center at the South Eleuthera Emergency Partners, SEEP, in Tarpum Bay to implement a One Eleuthera grant funded recycle program in schools in South Eleuthera in the next few months.
We had 22 students from both schools and 9 adults from One Eleuthera, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Deep Creek Middle School, Rotaract Club of Eleuthera, and the Rotary Club of Eleuthera.
Special thanks to Tiffany Gray, Environmental Educator & Outreach Coordinator for the Cape Eleleuthera Institute for allowing me the chance to partake in such a fun activity.