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First Regional Seminar on "Culture of the 3Rs, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"

Two participants from Jamaica, Stephney Duhaney of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Ministry of Local Government & Community Development and Malonia Harper of Jamaica 4-H Clubs, attended the Seminar on "Culture of the 3Rs Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" from March 12 to March 13, 2014 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Participants were from several Solid Waste Management Authorities from Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominican Republic.

Presentations on recycling activities were made by participants from all five (5) participating countries. Discussions focused on best practices and Solid Waste Management in Dominican Republic and the CARICOM Region. An exhibition was mounted by small recycling public and private sector groups and financial institutions. Site visits were made to Maldosa and Soltex, both recycling facilities in Dominican Republic where pilot projects are being implemented in a well organized and efficient manner. There, recycling efforts have the full support of the Dominican Republic's government and the citizens alike.

Expert guidance for the participants of this Seminar came from the Centre for International Agriculture and the Forestry Development (CEDAF) and JICA. Collaboration in the promotion of 3Rs began in 2010 as the protection of the environment and exploring ways to recycle materials.

PhotoMs Stephney Duhaney of National Solid Waste Management Authority, Jamaica, second right, discusses challenges in the sector as she reports on recycling efforts in Jamaica to her colleagues from CARICOM states.

PhotoParticipants from CARICOM states at the Seminar on 3Rs. Stephaney Duhaney of Jamaica is at centre.

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