Pictured: Sarah Penney, Deputy Director of Green VI announces the recycling initiative at Cedar International School.

We are excited to share the news that Cedar International School is partnering with Green VI to make our campus a collection center for the recycling of plastics, glass and aluminium cans. The initiative furthers our aim to not only foster a true commitment to sustainability in our students, but to facilitate and contribute in any way we can towards a healthier more sustainable environment.

The initiative will be piloted on 8th November 2018, starting with just the recyclable waste we generate on campus. Later in November, we will send out an email inviting Cedar families and staff to begin bringing their recyclable waste from home, and by January we hope to extend the invitation to the general public. By staging the implementation and monitoring progress, we will ensure that we are able to handle the volume at each stage, leading to a smooth and sustainable program.

So far more than 20 students have volunteered to be part of the Cedar Green Team, which will help monitor and lead the recycling program on campus. Sarah Penney, the Deputy Director of Green VI (and a former Cedar student!), will work with these “Green Rangers” to help prepare and train them for the safe implementation of the program.

This is the latest in a line of initiatives at the school which have included the banning of styrofoam and many single use plastics on campus, introducing reusable plates and cutlery for school catering, converting to LED lighting and implementing systems to reduce waste from printing.

We are very pleased to be part of this effort, which has great potential to reduce the waste going to the incinerator while also stimulating emerging businesses in the BVI, such as VI Plastics in Tortola and Green + Clean on Virgin Gorda.