During two recent workshops with community activists (and musicians) conducted by Panos Caribbean, the issue of solid waste management – the garbage that clogs our roads, drains, gullies, rivers – and almost every scrap of empty land has been consistently raised. Although the workshops are focusing on climate change, the issue comes up repeatedly (along with deforestation). During this week’s workshop with the White River Fish Sanctuary in St. Ann, a fisherman told me that other fishers actually throw plastic and garbage into the sea, while checking their fish pots.
I am glad to see White River is on the list of 21 communities that are to benefit from Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’s Cleanup Network, which covers every parish. Kudos too to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for their continued support for this very important programme – and to those private sector players who are on board with the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Here is JET’s press release below.
Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has announced the expansion of its Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network, which will support 21 community cleanups in Jamaica in 2019. The announcement was made at the launch of this year’s cleanup network activities at the Shaw Park Hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann on Thursday, March 28. The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network brings together community-based organizations, NGOs, businesses, and schools who will partner with JET to host community cleanups across the island throughout the year.
“The work of this diverse group of cleanup network coordinators is extremely important for raising awareness of solid waste management issues in Jamaica and effecting positive change,” said Suzanne Stanley, CEO of JET. “These groups voluntarily give their time and effort to organize cleanups in Jamaican communities and get everyone energized around the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica message – that’s really outstanding,” she continued.
Since launching in 2017 the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network has facilitated 30 cleanups across the island (14 cleanups in 2017 and 16 in 2018), attracting over 1,400 volunteers, collecting over 1,000 bags of garbage weighing over 13,700 pounds. Each Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network coordinator receives guidance from JET on cleanup coordination, as well as a cleanup kit including gloves, reusable bottles, garbage bags, data cards, and t-shirts; non-corporate coordinators also receive a stipend to help cover their cleanup expenses. Coordinators gather data on the garbage collected at their cleanups, which is used in JET’s environmental education and advocacy on solid waste management.
“We received an overwhelming response to our request in February for groups to participate in the 2019 cleanup network – over 80 applications in two weeks!” said Lauren Creary, Project Coordinator at JET. “Although we couldn’t support all those who applied, we hope that the initiative will inspire Jamaicans to not only volunteer at the cleanup network events but also stage their own community cleanups in 2019.”
The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network is made possible through funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and Wisynco. In his message to the 2019 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica cleanup coordinators during Thursday’s launch, Nalford Hyde, Project Manager at TEF spoke to the organization’s longstanding support of JET’s environmental programmes: “Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica is in line with TEF’s mandate to keep our environment clean not only for tourists but for all of us as Jamaicans. We are happy to support the Cleanup Network and also look forward to supporting International Coastal Cleanup Day this year.” Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network events are scheduled to take place between April and August, in the lead up to International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day Jamaica on September 21; ICC is coordinated in Jamaica by JET with TEF’s support.
The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network is an initiative under the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica public education campaign that aims to improve citizens knowledge about the impact of poorly handled waste on public health and the environment while encouraging personal responsibility for the generation and disposal of waste. The initiative is also supported by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and Recycling Partners of Jamaica, who remove the waste collected by Cleanup Network volunteers, and DFL Importers, who donated garbage bags for the cleanup kits.
You can also find reports on the past two years of the Cleanup Network here:
The 2019 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network Coordinators, cleanup sites and cleanup dates are listed below:
- iAspire International (Project Blue): Rae Town, Kingston—April 7,2019
- Barracks Road Primary School: Montego Bay, St. James—April 2019
- St Thomas Scouting District: Holland Bay, St. Thomas—May 4, 2019
- Port Morant CDC: Port Morant, St. Thomas—May 23, 2019
- Rio Bueno Primary: Trelawny—May 23, 2019
- Green Island High School: Green Island, Hanover—May 21, 2019
- Heart to Heart Mentorship & Care Limited: Ocho Rios, St. Ann—May 23, 2019
- Oracabessa High School: Pagee Beach, St. Mary—May 2019
- The Toadstool Limited: Manchester —May 2019
- Deaf Sports Jamaica: Portmore, St. Catherine—May 25, 2019
- Holland Primary Sep Club: Holland, St. Elizabeth—May 2019
- Mount Edmondson Youth Fellowship: Maroon Town St. James—June 2019
- Youth On The Rise: St. Elizabeth—July 2019
- Lloyd D’Aguilar & August Town Community Groups: August Town, St. Andrew—July 21, 2019
- Rotaract Club Of Negril: Negril Westmoreland—August 2019
- Institute of Advanced Technology: Ocho Rios, St. Ann— May 23, 2019
- Royalton Resorts Trelawny: Coopers Pen, Trelawny—TBA
- Knox College Environmental Club: Spauldings, Clarendon- TBA
- Operation Help The People: Craig Town, Kingston – TBA
- Optimist Club of West Portland: Buff Bay, Portland—TBA
- White River Fish Sanctuary- TBA