National Clean School Competition Highlight of Solid Waste Management Day


Solid Waste Management Day was observed on (June 6), under the theme: ‘Transforming the environment through our youth’.
A major feature of this year’s observance was the culmination of the National Clean School Competition in the regions, in which some 32 educational institutions from western Jamaica participated.
These schools were visited over the past five months, with the finalists chosen based on categories such as, containerization of waste, absence of burning, environmental programme, recycling/re-using initiatives and waste- to-art projects.
Thirteen of the participating schools which excelled in the competition came out in their numbers to participate in a waste-to-art project with their displays showcased in a mini expo with other environmental partners, who set up several informational booths at the Montego Bay Civic Centre.
Some parish winners in the competition were presented with trophies and certificates, including St. James (First Place, Mount Horeb All-age and Infant School; Second Place, Montego Bay Preparatory School); Trelawny (Wakefield Primary School); Westmoreland (First Place, Negril All-age School; Second Place, Paradise Preparatory School); Hanover (First Place, Jericho All-age School; Second Place, Maryland All-age School).
Co-ordinator of the competition, Tanika Nelson of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWA), told JIS News that the competition was aimed at making students more environmentally aware and following the correct principles in effectively managing and disposing of garbage.
“We are hoping that the practices and principles imparted to the students during the competition at their respective schools, will be taken out of the school setting into their homes and the wider community. The saying states that ‘a little child shall lead them’ and this is not an unrealistic thought. This is something that we recognize as being very important and critical . It is imperative that we impart and stress the proper principles as they relate to respecting the environment, respecting themselves and putting garbage in the correct place,” Miss Nelson said.
She expressed the hope that come next year, more schools would be involved in the competition, resulting in the creation of a generation that would be more respectful and mindful of the environment.

JIS Social