The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) in collaboration with the Western Division of the Royal SVG Police Force, Public Health Department, Solid Waste Department, Layou Tourism and Heritage Organization (LTHO) and the Becket Benefit Organization (BBO) has sort to undertake ongoing initiatives to deal with the solid waste pollution in the Layou Community.  One such initiative is the launch of a campaign which consisted of several key components namely: Public Education, Community outreach and a clean-up. The campaign serves to provide opportunities for individuals to acquire the knowledge about the importance and value of a clean and healthy environment, instill positive attitudes, stimulate commitment and encourage participation in environmental improvement and protection.

Layou River Cleanup

In an effort to keep our water ways clean and healthy, the NPRBA executed a clean-up of a section of the Layou River between the Layou Government School and up to the new Swamp Gut bridge. The clean-up effort done on October 4th and 5th 2018, saw thirteen (13) large garbage bags of debris being removed from the river. Items removed consisted mainly of plastic. Assistance for this activity was provided by the Layou Tourism and Heritage Organization (LTHO) and St. Vincent Nature Care Ltd.

Pollution Awareness Transit Walk

The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority in collaboration with the Western Division of the Royal SVG Police Force, Public Health Department, Solid Waste Department, Layou Tourism and Heritage Organization (LTHO), Layou Town Board and the Becket Benefit Organization (BBO) conducted an Awareness Transit Walk against Solid Waste pollution in the Central Leeward community of Layou on Wednesday 21st November, 2018. The Awareness Transit Walk was held to sensitize the community on the issue of solid waste pollution, highlight the impacts on their health and the environment and encourage them to make healthier more sustainable choices as it pertains to their environment. Wednesday’s Awareness Transit Walk had approximately 45 participants.

 Public Education Outreach in Layou

The Educational component of the campaign was done in the form of school presentations. Visits were made to the Layou Government School on the 14th November, 2018, the Layou Vinsave Preschool, Unique Day Care and Preschool and the Bright Start Preschool on the 4th December, 2018. Ms. Twanique Barrow, Communication and Public Education Officer of the NPRBA, facilitated an Animated Video Presentation to the Preschoolers and a Power Point Presentation on Plastic Pollution to the Primary School students. The students were sensitized about the negative impacts of plastic pollution on their environment and health, and were challenged to become environmental stewards.