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Friday, June 16, 2006 

NSWMA initiates community grants programme
Friday June 16 2006

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has implemented a community grants programme, designed to spawn community involvement in the task of waste reduction and waste management.

A large quantity of waste is generated within Antigua & Barbuda every year. Just last year alone 83,988.36 tons of waste was disposed into the Cooks Landfill. This includes waste not only household waste but also medical, cruise ship and street cleanings.

The challenge for the NSWMA is balancing increasing population, higher waste generation per household and limited land space to dispose of all the waste.

NSWMA believes that the duty of waste reduction and proper waste management was not theirs alone but that of all individuals within Antigua & Barbuda.

A grant of up to EC$3,000 will be offered to non-governmental and non-profit organisations to support projects related to solid waste management and waste reduction. Possible projects may include developing recycling programmes, purchasing or making bins that would be placed around the community, starting a communal composting project or any other similar idea.

This grant is calling for applications from community groups, church groups, clubs or any non governmental organisation that wishes to join in the battle of waste reduction and waste management within their community.

Applicants will be asked to complete an application form which may be collected at the authority’s head office at Cassada Gardens.

Successful applicants will then be asked to create and submit a formal proposal detailing the scope of works. As a precursor to the submission of the formal proposal the authority will be hosting a proposal writing workshop on a date to be announced. This workshop will be geared towards assisting organisations that may need help writing a proper proposal and building the capacity of groups to manage the project.

For any further information, individuals may contact Jillian George, the community liaison officer at Tel: 562-1348 or via email at jillian.george@gmail.com.

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