Their physical characteristics make the Eastern Caribbean countries highly vulnerable to extreme weather events which come with heavy rainfall and flooding. Their economies are largely dependent on tourism, which, similar to other important economic sectors like Agriculture and Fisheries, rely on the natural environment and the health of eco-systems.
Through targeted engagement with state agencies, the corporate sector and local communities, the Project is acculturating the circular economy ethos with a focus on two of its core principles – Reuse and Recycle.
Since 2019, Saint Lucia has been the pilot country to develop and test the methodology and systems with the broader goal of establishing a sustainable Caribbean-wide waste management and recycling system through a two-fold objective to:
Given the successful completion of the first pilot phase in Saint Lucia, additional funding is sought out to continue and expand the Pilot Project in Saint Lucia, as well as for replication in other Eastern Caribbean states and territories in support of the broader Project goal.
Establish an incentivised collection and management system of plastic waste involving public, private and local stakeholders
Establish a sustainable economic model of plastic waste supply chain, connecting each island’s plastic waste stream to recycling factories within the Caribbean Region;and build the capacity of public and private entities involved in waste collection.
Build knowledge towards to ensure an informed and environmentally responsible population, actively involved in managing and sorting recyclable waste, including school learning curricula.
Utilise lessons learned to refine systems for upscaling the RePLAST system island and region-wide