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Keeping Haiti Clean!
Top: Truck at LCS is loaded with recyclables to take to a local consolidator.
Bottom: Bins on campus for sorting trash, the LCS compost, and a reminder near the compost for how the community sorts its trash.
Louverture Cleary School has been dedicated to proper trash management for over 15 years.
It was Christina Moynihan who on a Wednesday in February of 1996, the usual day of the week for trash to be loaded in our truck and taken off the property for someone else to handle, pointed out that we could not send trash off the school’s property with a clear conscious given that we knew it would not be managed properly.
Since that day, we have been "handling" our own trash at LCS—a campus that holds roughly 400 people. This means composting, recycling, and reusing as well as, sadly, burying and burning. We’ve also established programs in the neighborhood to enable and encourage our friends in the Santo neighborhood to do the same.
Fortunately, due to an increase in the value of metals and plastic, the market for recyclables has increased in Haiti. We now can send most of the metal and plastic to a local consolidator who then sells the material into the international market— most of the material probably goes to China. This year we are making it our goal to bury NOTHING! We will try to avoid any containers that are not recyclable. We will endeavor to work with the local consolidator to take all metals and plastics.
Haiti's had enough—it does not need to be dumped on!