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Young environmentalist in uphill recycling battle!

Roy R. Pickering stands before the container that temporarily houses the plastics collected over some two years. Photo: VINO
The recycled plastics accumulated by Mr Roy R. Pickering over the years. PHoto:VINO
The recycled plastics accumulated by Mr Roy R. Pickering over the years. PHoto:VINO
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – One young environmentalist has concluded that he is playing a lone hand in a quest to recycle plastics in the Virgin Islands. Roy R. Pickering, a Project Manager and Consultant by trade, said he had pursued environmental studies at school and felt, “there is a big trash problem in the Territory, trash is just everywhere, you could do a lot more with the trash.”

Pickering suggested that recycling plastics could be turned into an industry and wanted to start a recycling programme in the VI but did not have the means to complete the whole process. Mr Pickering said he was in need of bins in certain strategic areasto aid his project.

Currently, the plastics he has collected, sorted and packed for recycling are stored in the back of a shipping container and temporary located at Baughers Bay. “Even though it may not appear to have much value, it still has some value,” he said with earnest. He added that he was only at step one of the process and was hopeful that he would be able to advance from there sooner rather than later, especially given the space constraints he was facing.

Another issue of his is having a means of shipping the material he has collected to be recycled to places such as Puerto Rico, New Jersey and other places that do recycling.

Mr Pickering said he had approached both the current and previous Premiers in person, but was unsuccessful in his quest for assistance in the project. The young environmentalist said he also approached the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) but was unsuccessful in this regard as well.

He is fast running out of space to store his recycled plastic materials and was hopeful that someone would hear his appeal and be kind enough to offer a space to accommodate some of the products he has accumulated over the almost two years he has so far been collecting supplies.

“The space doesn’t belong to me,” said Pickering, “this is what could be saved... and it’s only about a year or two of effort. I was the only person [involved in the project] and if I had a little bit of help too, a lot more could have been done.”

Pickering said that even though others have not been able to see the long term benefits of what he is doing and might think the endeavour is not worthwhile, he is not discouraged but will continue to persevere.

He is hopeful that he will not have to discard his two years worth of work simply because he has run out of space. The clock continues to countdown on him, however.

Any interested parties wishing to contact Mr Pickering can reach him at rrpworldwide@yahoo.comor telephone 540-3232.

12 Responses to “Young environmentalist in uphill recycling battle!”

  • HELP ON THE WAY (16/01/2013, 14:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a good a good idea, he need to make contact with Mrs. Kishmett Daniel of Sea Cows Bay.
  • x factor (16/01/2013, 15:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well the government helping and promoting the people who not from here and does not look like us from cane garden bay so they can help this young local!
    • educate (16/01/2013, 20:16) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      Oh please give us a break
    • Local (17/01/2013, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

      You comparing a guy who spent 2 yrs trying to full up a trailer with plastic bottles to people that actually running a functioning operation? Give it a rest. I'm local and glad to see the young man doing something positive. He's now asking for assistance because he cannot do it on his own. Why do you have to bring up the fact that government assisting another entity? Last time I was there, it was locals operating the stuff so hush your dumb a$$. IF we all depended on a local to hire us we would be eating mangrove and drinking $#it water.

  • Green and White (16/01/2013, 17:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    One thing I admire about VINO they always bring the struggles and plight of the little man to the public…Hope they young man gets help as this is a good project as its time to really GO GREEN
  • Too much waste (16/01/2013, 18:53) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    Mr. Pickering. While I admire what you are doing, I am of the opinion that your approach is a bit off. Before you start collecting waste material, you should at least have a plan of where to store it, and what you are going to do with it after you store it. What you are doing is kind of like putting the cart before the horse.

    In any event, I hope you find the assistance that you are looking for. Try contacting the Department of Waste Management to see if they can offer some assistance.
    • fox (17/01/2013, 01:09) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      such a bad approach, everything is just so reactive....

    • Misunderstood (17/01/2013, 12:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      He SHOULDN'T have to be the only one to make a change... At least he's trying. What are we doing in our lives? No where near ANY of what he's trying to do. When we see garbage on the ground do we pick it up? Or do we add to the pile? When we hear St. John getting affected by the burning of the garbage, why is no one doing anything? Will it take people in an outbreak of cholera, dying and getting cancer and sick in our own country like in Cuba? This is crazy that no one in their seats care an ounce! Don't we believe it is better to be safe than sorry? Do we not believe in beautifying our country and keeping the sun, sea and sand we Caribbean always boasting about? What happened to making money in Tourism and agriculture? I thought we were working towards bringing back agriculture? Recycling is benefiting BOTH areas AND aiding to the heath of our people and tourists. Who is going to want to come here under the idea they could get sick? And while you may think that I am exaggerating on some ends, you need to look beyond the surface of the situation. Every action has a reaction, and if we don't change it, it will create bigger issues in our society.
  • fish (16/01/2013, 20:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very interesting development.
  • Chris (17/01/2013, 00:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    that's big money there boy in the us people would go through your trash for those bottles.
  • suggestion (17/01/2013, 08:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Invest in a shredder or grinder, that way you will take up less space and get more into a container making it more economical to ship.

    How are you separating the different types of plastics and getting rid of labels etc which will contaminate the the product when it is re-melted?

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