Come next month, Barbadians can look forward to an exciting and educational exposition on waste minimisation and waste management.

That is when the Solid Waste Project Unit’s third annual 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover) Fair is slated to come off.

According to the Department’s Solid Waste Management Coordinator, Thora Lorde, plans for the February 5 event were on stream and progressing smoothly, with most of the preliminary work already in train.

Noting that??the??majority of exhibitors were already on board, Ms. Lorde said these??varied from waste brokers (persons who collect waste to ship overseas) to recyclers, including those making bio-diesel, and??persons involved in re-use (utilising second-hand items in their business or??offering such items for sale at flea markets).

"In addition to the exhibits, a number of seminars, workshops and educational programmes will also be staged throughout the day, along with mini-versions of our own composting workshops. So, persons can come to the exhibition and every few hours attend workshops or seminars on various topics pertaining to waste management," Ms. Lorde explained.

The Solid Waste official, who urged persons to work assiduously to nominate individuals or groups who have been making contributions in the area of waste minimisation, stressed that winners would be awarded at next month’s fair. The deadline for the submission of nominations is next Friday, January 14.

??Persons making nominations may mail them to the Project Manager, Solid Waste Project Unit, Maxwelton, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, or email or fax them to the Attention of Thora Lorde at solid@sunbeach.net or 426-2510, respectively.

Promising a relaxed and informal event, Ms. Lord said it would be one in which patrons would have the opportunity to interact with ordinary Barbadians who were making a difference in their own sphere.

"We are encouraging persons to come out and learn more about what is happening in Barbados as far as waste minimisation is concerned. There are a lot of things happening in various avenues, which also help to increase employment and provide foreign exchange," the Waste Management Coordinator underlined.

The third annual Four Rs Fair is slated to take place on Saturday, February 5, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A number of raffles will also be conducted at the event, with various prizes including composting and recycling bins up for grabs.


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