The Government department responsible for coordinating Barbados’ solid waste management efforts has redeveloped its website and relaunched its board game in an effort to more effectively get its message out to Barbadians.
Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod said the Project Management Coordination Unit, formerly known as the Solid Waste Management Unit, needed a new website since “the original one was done in the late 1990s and was [now] obsolete.
“We wanted a cost-effective platform that would [facilitate more interaction] between the Project Unit and the population. Apart from keeping Barbadians up to date on the [Unit’s] latest developments, site visitors will get tips on composting and other initiatives they can take to reduce the amount of garbage we generate, [there’s] also contact information for companies involved in recycling in Barbados.”
Manager of the Project Management Coordination Unit, Ricardo Marshall, said the relaunched board game, Waste Busters, was first introduced in the early 2000s as part of its outreach programme in the schools.
“However, we always felt we could go further with that game. It took a long time to find a developer who was willing to work with us and within our budget, and when our budget was cut, to find someone who would stay on . . . but now we are here, and I thank Anderson Wellington who worked with us from conception to development, even going out to China to find a company that would mass produce it for us.”
During the launch of the two components at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Wednesday morning, Waste Management Coordinator with the unit, Thora Lorde, spoke of future plans for the game.
“Now [that] we have mass produced it for the first time, we will distribute it to all the schools. Once we get some partners on board, we hope we can put it on the open market, and might even consider developing it into an app so it can reach an even wider audience.”
Students from Hillaby Turners Hall Primary, Hilda Skeene Primary, St. Giles Primary and Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary who attended the launch event tried their hands at the game after being given a brief tutorial on the rules.
Three boards were set up and in the end, Tania Applewhaite and Tia Applewhaite from St Giles Primary and Faith Rock of Grantley Prescod Primary were awarded for winning the games. (DH)