Nuh Dutty up Jamaica expands Clean-up Network

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Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says it has expanded its Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Clean-up Network to support 21 community clean-ups this year.

The announcement was made at the launch of this year’s clean-up network activities at Shaw Park Hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann on Thursday, March 28. The network brings together community-based organisations, NGOs, businesses and schools that will partner with JET to host community clean-ups across the island.

“The work of this diverse group of clean-up network coordinators is extremely important for raising awareness of solid waste management issues in Jamaica and effecting positive change,” a JET news release quotes CEO Suzanne Stanley. “These groups voluntarily give their time and effort to organise clean-ups in Jamaican communities and get everyone energised around the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica message — that’s really outstanding.”

Since its launch in 2017, the network has facilitated 30 clean-ups across the island (14 in 2017 and 16 in 2018), attracting more than 1,400 volunteers, collecting over 1,000 bags of garbage weighing more than 13,700 pounds. Each Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Clean-up Network coordinator receives guidance from JET on clean-up coordination, as well as a clean-up kit including gloves, reusable bottles, garbage bags, data cards and T-shirts. Non-corporate coordinators also receive a stipend to help cover their clean-up expenses. Coordinators gather data on the garbage collected, 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 clean-up 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 clean-up network events, but also stage their own community clean-ups in 2019.”

The network is made possible through funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and Wisynco.

In his message to the 2019 coordinators during Thursday’s launch, Nalford Hyde, TEF project manager, spoke to the organisation’s long-standing 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,” Hyde said. “We are happy to support the clean-up network and also look forward to supporting International Coastal Clean-up Day this year.”

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Clean-up Network events are scheduled to take place between April and August, in the lead up to International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day Jamaica on September 21. ICC is coordinated in Jamaica by JET with TEF’s support.

The 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 and Recycling Partners of Jamaica, which remove the waste collected by Clean-up Network volunteers, and DFL Importers, which donated garbage bags for the clean-up kits.

Below are Clean-up Network coordinators, clean-up sites and dates:

1 iAspire International (Project Blue): Rae Town, Kingston — April 7, 2019

2 Barracks Road Primary School: Montego Bay, St James — April 2019

3 St Thomas Scouting District: Holland Bay, St Thomas — May 4, 2019

4 Port Morant CDC: Port Morant, St Thomas — May 23, 2019

5 Rio Bueno Primary: Trelawny — May 23, 2019

6 Green Island High School: Green Island, Hanover — May 21, 2019

7 Heart to Heart Mentorship & Care Limited: Ocho Rios, St Ann — May 23, 2019

8 Oracabessa High School: Pagee Beach, St Mary — May, 2019

9. The Toadstool Limited: Manchester — May 2019

10 Deaf Sports Jamaica: Portmore, St Catherine — May 25, 2019

11 Holland Primary Sep Club: Holland, St Elizabeth — May, 2019

12 Mount Edmondson Youth Fellowship: Maroon Town St James — June 2019

13 Youth On The Rise: St Elizabeth — July 2019

14 Lloyd D’Aguilar & August Town Community Groups: August Town, St Andrew — July 21, 2019

15 Rotaract Club of Negril: Negril Westmoreland — August 2019

16 Institute of Advanced Technology: Ocho Rios, St Ann — May 23, 2019

17 Royalton Resorts Trelawny: Coopers Pen, Trelawny — Date to be announced

18 Knox College Environmental Club: Spauldings, Clarendon — Date to be announced

19 Operation Help The People: Craig Town, Kingston — Date to be announced

20 Optimist Club of West Portland: Buff Bay, Portland — Date to be announced

21 White River Fish Sanctuary — Date to be announced

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