The Children of Cashew Gardens were trained by the Water and Sewage Authority to test the quality of the water in the Caparo River. While conducting this activity it was discovered that several plastic bottles were polluting the waterways and therefore we partnered with the Adopt a River program to engage in a River clean-up activity. The volume of plastic bottles removed from the Caparo River lead us to start the Cashew Gardens Community Recycling Program.
CGCRP is a very successful recycling initiative that was started in 2016 to address the situation of pollution in the Caparo River. The majority of these solid waste included plastic bottles and other household items. The council partnered with several other stakeholders: Adopt A River,the EMA/iCare, Carib Glassworks Limited, SWMCOL, and Recycling Waste and Logistics Ltd.
This project was undertaken with no funding and manned by voluntary workers from the council and the children of the community. The initiative saw an increase in collection on a monthly basis and can be considered highly successful. In a period of 6 months, over 18,000 solid waste recyclable material, from a span of 150 households, were collected and therefore prevented from ending up in our nation’s rivers, seas and landfills.