Church of England Diocese of Derby Crich

St Mary's has twinned its bins with Haiti!

3 Aug 2021, 9 p.m.

My number 1 choice for Room 101 has always been street litter. I hate to see it & I know that many of you reading this feel the same!

We all know how irritated we feel if our rubbish bins are not emptied in any particular week, but do we ever think about those countries where regular rubbish collection doesn’t happen at all? I remember my visit to NorthEast India in the 1990s when an eager church member drove us to see one of the area’s beauty spots – a spectacular waterfall. When we arrived, to his embarrassment, the lack of rain meant that the waterfall was totally dry but even worse, the local people had been tipping all their rubbish over the fall and what we were looking at was not a waterfall but an equally large rubbish-fall. I can remember how emotional I felt about what I was seeing – primarily anger but also huge sadness that there was no system in place for the collection and disposal of rubbish. The rubbish-fall was almost entirely composed of 21<sup>st</sup> century rubbish that would not easily rot down. The charity called bintwinning.org are trying to tackle the worldwide issue of rubbish collection & disposal in those countries where there is no system in place by local authorities.

Our two dustbins at St Mary’s are now twinned with this charity in a scheme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project in Haiti is working towards these outcomes:

· A weekly door-to-door rubbish collection service will be set up for 4000 local households

· Organic waste will be converted into compost

· Plastic waste will be recycled into paving bricks for roads and driveways

· Young people will be encouraged to change their attitudes towards waste and plastic pollution

· Local government will be urged to do more to reduce the amount of waste being generated and to improve waste management services

· Waste being dumped into oceans or burnt openly will be reduced by 123 tonns per month by 2023

Our two church bins now have their twinning sticker attached to them for all to see. If you would like to see your own rubbish and recycling bins twinned then the details of the scheme can be found at https://www.bintwinning.org

My number 1 choice for Room 101 has always been street litter. I hate to see it & I know that many of you reading this feel the same!

We all know how irritated we feel if our rubbish bins are not emptied in any particular week, but do we ever think about those countries where regular rubbish collection doesn’t happen at all? I remember my visit to NorthEast India in the 1990s when an eager church member drove us to see one of the area’s beauty spots – a spectacular waterfall. When we arrived, to his embarrassment, the lack of rain meant that the waterfall was totally dry but even worse, the local people had been tipping all their rubbish over the fall and what we were looking at was not a waterfall but an equally large rubbish-fall. I can remember how emotional I felt about what I was seeing – primarily anger but also huge sadness that there was no system in place for the collection and disposal of rubbish. The rubbish-fall was almost entirely composed of 21st century rubbish that would not easily rot down. The charity called bintwinning.org are trying to tackle the worldwide issue of rubbish collection & disposal in those countries where there is no system in place by local authorities.

Our two dustbins at St Mary’s are now twinned with this charity in a scheme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project in Haiti is working towards these outcomes:

• A weekly door-to-door rubbish collection service will be set up for 4000 local households

• Organic waste will be converted into compost

• Plastic waste will be recycled into paving bricks for roads and driveways

• Young people will be encouraged to change their attitudes towards waste and plastic pollution

• Local government will be urged to do more to reduce the amount of waste being generated and to improve waste management services

• Waste being dumped into oceans or burnt openly will be reduced by 123 tonns per month by 2023

Our two church bins now have their twinning sticker attached to them for all to see. If you would like to see your own rubbish and recycling bins twinned then the details of the scheme can be found at https://www.bintwinning.org