Waste Management and Recycling
We all know Waste Management and Recycling projects aim to reduce the environmental impact of waste on the islands. Initiatives include community clean-up events, recycling education programs, and the establishment of recycling facilities.
Let’s zoom into Sint Maarten as an example, a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean.
Sint Maarten is facing challenges related to waste management for it is still dealing with hurricane debris of 2017 besides the accumulated “everyday waste”. However, this island has been working on improving its waste management and recycling practices, yet it needs help. Here are some key aspects which need considering:
Sint Maarten has faced challenges related to landfill capacity and waste disposal. The landfill, known as the Philipsburg landfill, has experienced issues such as fires and environmental concerns.
There have been discussions and initiatives exploring waste-to-energy solutions as a means to reduce the volume of waste in landfills and generate energy.
Efforts have been made to implement and promote recycling programs. These programs typically involve separating recyclable materials from general waste, such as plastics, glass, and paper.
Community engagement is crucial for the success of waste management and recycling initiatives. Public awareness campaigns and educational programs have been employed to encourage residents to participate in recycling efforts.
The government of Sint Maarten has been involved in formulating policies and regulations to address waste management issues. This includes measures to improve waste collection, disposal, and recycling practices.
Collaboration with International Partners
Given the small size of the island and its limited resources, Sint Maarten has sought collaborations with international organizations, NGOs, and foreign governments to implement sustainable waste management practices.
Sint Maarten is prone to hurricanes, and waste management becomes a critical issue during and after such natural disasters. Planning for effective waste disposal and recovery is an essential aspect of the island’s disaster preparedness.
It’s important to note that the situation may have evolved to date. Nevertheless, waste is an everyday and ongoing business….
Proposal to become part of the Waste-2-Funds economy
What if we told you that the population of Sint Maarten and visitors can benefit for years to come with the following… Let’s turn the Sint Maarten waste into a new economy. We have named it the “Waste-2-Funds” project which jump-starts the circular economy in an instant.
All waste from the “dump” plus all waste there is to find and or get from the Sint Maarten population, airport, air carriers, harbours, cruise ships and even the yearly Sarragoza seaweed plague is turned into ingredients to create Building materials for construction, Biogas and Biomethane. Mentioned ingredients flows back to the Sint Maarten population either in the form of:
- Access to cheap sustainable Building materials for construction of (hurricane damaged) homes.
- Access to cheap Renewable energy sources. Biogas and Biomethane are versatile sources of renewable energy that can be used for various applications. Here are some common uses:
- Heating / Cooling
- Lightning (lamps)
- Electricity generation
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems
- Vehicle Fuel
- Industrial Applications
- Injection into the Natural Gas Grid
- Biomethane for Cooking Gas Networks
- Agriculture (fertilizer)
- Waste Treatment
- Co-ownership and or enjoying rewards of the above mentioned through the Eco Shares Program.
The above can be done on an individual business scale or on an island public scale. To make it more interesting and to promote to do such on an island public scale – Sint Maarten can become a hub in its region by becoming a supplier of mentioned resources which creates an extra income potential for the island and population.
It is a bold move since we all must take the sustainable path nowadays. However, to make this happen at a fast pace we invite stakeholders and representatives of the Government of Sint Maarten, the local utility company GEBE and all interested parties for a “Let’s Do This” presentation. You are offered a chance to get on board this movement and help introduce cleaner alternatives to conventional fossil fuels.
Mind you, our focus is on all Dutch Caribbean islands whom we encourage to look at their islands Waste Management facilities…who knows if your island representatives reach us first then we apply the “first come get first served” service.
For those who are interested in turning their waste into funds…say AY! and we’ll connect with you asap.