Phase One - The Bequia Bins Programme
Below is the first bin pair deployed in the Bequia Bins Programme. To start with, there will be 140 of these sixty-gallon bins, positioned in pairs around the island where people gather and stroll.
We welcome sponsors for these bins and you could be recognised on the bins themselves! Sponsorship costs US$125 per bin or US$250 for a bin pair.
Click here to sponsor your bin(s). Bequia Bins is one of the donation choices.
Bequia District Council Officer Rannier Gregg and Bequia Tourism Association’s Sayie Ollivierre at the “Ceremony” for the first of Bequia Bins Installation October 27, 2016.
The bins by themselves will not solve the recycling and litter issues. Education, frequent collections, sorting and onward transportation to recycling and land fill sites are all essential parts of the plan. See further down this page.
Choosing the Bequia Bin Programme as phase 1 of our Recycling and Litter Project involved extensive discussions with stakeholders and expert non-stakeholders.
The team behind the recycling concept were the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), CFSVG (Community Foundation for St Vincent and the Grenadines) and the CWSA (Central Water and Sewage Authority). They were later joined by FOTE (Friends of the Environment who are the CWSA collection contractors on Bequia), Bequia’s District Council, Bequia Tourism Association, AIR Inc. (SVG based recycler). Lots of individuals, local, expats and visitors and the Prime Minister himself have also contributed to the discussion. Expert non-stakeholders include recyclers in Barbados and Trinidad. Special thanks to Action Bequia’s own Co Ordination Committee who showed strong belief that Bequians would respond positively and to Pennie Ward who first promoted bin sponsorship.
Finally and very importantly many thanks to the organisations and individuals who provided sufficient funding for us to invest in the evolution of our plans and the execution of them in their current form. The full list of donors are on this website but special mention must go to Grenadines Partnership Fund (GPF), the Koven family, the Seynhaeve Family and the UNDP. Together they provided the initial impetus behind the fund raising efforts
The Bequia Bin Programme is quite complex and presents many operational challenges. Two of Action Bequia’s Board members have been appointed to Recycling Project positions to provide the necessary management. Lucille Cozier is the Project Director and Michael Connell is in charge of the technical aspects. “Bequia Bins” is not the end of our recycling ambitions so once we have reached operational efficiency we will consider how we expand the scope in phase 2 etc.
Frequent and efficient collection will be enabled by the use of this Action Bequia truck as well as co-operation with Friends of the Environment.
Plan of the Operation Headquarters and Sorting Centre at the Sandpit in the Harbour.
Action Bequia is consulting closely with local government, volunteer groups and individuals in Bequia on the location and the installation of these Bin Pairs so the locations shown in the three maps below are changing but do illustrate the original plans.
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