An exciting new initiative in Grenada is trying to motivate young Grenadians to start their own business with glass recycling.
The NGO ‘Grenada Young Entrepreneurs Project’, Grenada-YEP, recently announced the launch of its first training programme starting in April this year.
Owner of Le Phare Bleu and founder of the project, Jana Caniga presented the project framework.
“GYEP will support young and enthusiastic Grenadians who want to develop their own business in the environmental sector. The project has two visions in mind: developing business skills and promoting the recycling of glass products. Through the medium of glass recycling, young Grenadians will learn business skills and management tools that will enable them to build their own business”, the business owner said.
Silke Rothenberger, an environmental engineer, who is a volunteer consultant with the project points out that glass has a huge recycling potential that ranges from the production of pieces of fine art work right the way through to industrial applications in the construction sector.
According to the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority, more than 1200 tons of glass is landfilled in Grenada per year. This equals about 2.8 million bottles every year.
“We are happy to see such an initiative in Grenada, as it will have a positive impact on the valuable space saved on our landfill”, remarked Karen Roden-Layne, Director of GSWMA.
“We have experienced huge interest and support from several marinas and hotels that want to reduce their glass waste stream and look forward to supporting and cooperating with the project”, says Dianne Roberts.
With her 12 years experience in developing solutions for environmental management at the national and regional level she is also a board member of the ‘Grenada Young Entrepreneurs Project’.
“After an initial business training, we want course participants to develop recycled glass products and identify potential markets for the domestic and export markets.” says Luan Harford, co-founder of the NGO.
Ronald Theodore from the GIDC which was on board with the project from the very early stage comments: “We would be happy to see a range of recycled glass products with a label ‘Made in Grenada’ on it”.
So, glass recycling could become a win-win situation for Grenada and the environment.