The Green Consortium, a group of St. George’s University students, faculty and staff dedicated to environmental sustainability, is partnering with about 14 local entities including homes, churches, supermarkets, vendors, and institutions to assist the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA) in its waste management initiatives.
Items that would otherwise have been sent to Grenada’s lone landfill can now be reused or recycled through these entities, which accept household goods, furniture, glass jars, bottles and more for use in entrepreneurial and cottage industry initiatives, essentially turning trash into cash. The group is also working on diverting paper waste to a place where it can be shredded and sent to chicken farms.
“We aim to create awareness and accessibility in terms of environmental issues on campus, and throughout Grenada,” said Ashley Marshall, a veterinary medical representative on the consortium. “In addition to having a resource available for persons to know where they can take reusable items; on campus, we are working on diverting the paper waste to a place where it can be shredded and sent to chicken farms.”
“We have a huge impact on the earth, and a lot of people don’t take accountability and responsibility for that,” she added. “If people are aware then they have more power and urgency to act on what they know. If we collectively give people the tools and knowledge then they can positively impact this beautiful island.”
A list of the reusable items and the various places accepting them can be found by clicking here.