23 November 2005
by Nikisha Smith
The Rotary Club of Antigua-Sundown will be awarded with the United Nations Volunteer programme (UNV)
award for its exemplary effort in promoting waste recycling in the Caribbean island states of Antigua and Barbuda; on International Volunteer Day, 5 December in Barbados.
The Club opened Antigua's first plastic and aliminium recycling facility, the Waste Recycling Corporation, in October this year and is expected to be in fully operational this month.
The group envisioned that the plant will cut down Antigua's littering problem and reduce non-biodegradable products thrown into the the landfill.
This particular award, which is given out by UNV and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Caribbean offices, seeks to recognize individuals or organizations for their contribution to volunteerism for national development.
Mario Bento, project manager of the Recycling Corporation, said the award was a surprise, but it was greatly appreciated. He said it goes a long way to show that their efforts have been noticed and held in high regard.
Mario Bento and Ken Kentish, Rotary assistant district governor, will be travelling to Barbados to receive the award on behalf of the club.
The UNV Programme Manager Muraguri Muchira is expected to be present along with Dr. Barbara Wiltshire, UN Representative to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and Barbados.