Developing Good Environmental Practices for Managing and Disposal of Hazardous Materials found in E-Waste across St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Developing Good Environmental Practices for Managing and Disposal of Hazardous Materials found in E-Waste across St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Up to April 2013, Roughly 40 million metric tons of Electronic waste are produced globally each year this waste is produced according to the United Nations Development Program (UNEP). Poor recycling practices in small developing states such as St. Vincent & the Grenadines magnify health risk due to exposure to lead, mercury and other hazardous materials found in e-waste. SVG now has a great opportunity to implement better environmental best practices to the benefit of the people and stakeholders alike. Therefore Constructive Solutions Inc., submits this project proposal to the GEF Small Grant Program in expectation of their approval and to commence the project by June 01st 2015.
There are high quantities of obsolete and discarded electronic waste found across St. Vincent & the Grenadines which contain hazardous Chemicals. In the Natural Environmental Summary (NES) St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2010, developed by (UNEP), there is a listed need among its priorities for an integrated waste management regime which considers reuse, recycle also with regards to resource management, there is identified a lack of an integrated Solid Waste System which can respond to the various forms of waste.


There are many users of electronics in SVG and there are no structured ways to dispose of electronic waste. Therefore old computers, cell phones and other such items are dumped in the landfill and migrate into the water, air and soil. There is therefore an urgent need to increase people’s knowledge of hazardous chemicals found in e-waste; educate people on how to properly dispose of e-waste; show people how to create sustainable livelihoods from e-waste.

Constructive Solutions Inc. seeks to increase awareness and educate the general population on better environmental practices when disposing of Electronic Waste. Additionally, it will provide training and employment of young person’s to work in an E-waste Enterprise across St. Vincent and the Grenadines by July 30th, 2016. The project will include the following components:
(i) Capacity building through a trainer of trainers two week program conducted by COESL & CEWMC in partnership with Central Water & Sewage Authority (CWSA) Youth Affairs Department (YAD), and partner NGO’s. Ten Young people would be selected and trained to ensure they become familiar and are competent to manage electronic waste locally.
(ii) Developing a public awareness and education program for the community at large, conducted by the approved facilitators from our training programs.
(iii) The generation and development of Sustainable Livelihoods via the establishment of more green businesses and by overseeing the setup of an e-waste collection point facility, the first of its kind in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
(iv) Conducting several evaluations and monitoring of the project periodically as it is implemented.
Project implementation will also include other key stakeholders such the Environmental Management Unit to successfully execute this landmark project across St. Vincent & The Grenadines. There is a huge opportunity in SVG to educate people on POPS; E-waste and its management and on how e-waste can create jobs for young males and females.

The young trainers will be instrumental in training the general public on E-waste management and will work to set up the pilot e-waste collection point facility at Largo Heights Community Center, Central Kingstown, where there will be collection and sorting of Electronic waste. Equipment that are reusable will be refurbished and resold locally, while recyclables will be exported to CEWMC in Barbados.

The project budget is estimated at USD One Hundred and thirteen thousand, two hundred and seventy eight dollars and eighty six cents ($113,278.86 USD). In kind contribution to the project amounts to USD Seventy three thousand, and thirty nine dollars and eighty three cents. ($73,039.83USD), while a capital grant request of USD forty thousand, two hundred and thirty nine dollars and five cents ($40,239.05 USD) is being made to the GEF/SGP program. The project will be funded post GEF SGP from the revenue earned from material export and resale to ensure project sustainability.

With regards to monitoring and evaluation of the project, a one day evaluations and feedback with the national trainers will take place after the training, which will help to build the skills of the trainers but also cement and validate the “how-to” strategies for effectiveness and sustainability. This project will be implemented under the supervision of COESL, Caribbean E-Waste Management Inc., YAD, Ministry of Health and Constructive Solutions Inc. whom will conduct several evaluations of project component to ensure that best practices are applied.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Constructive Solutions Inc.
Country:
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
Chemicals
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,239.05
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 73,039.81
Project Number:
STV/SGP/OP5/Y4/CORE/CH/15/13
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Developing a public awareness and education program for the community at large, will increase people’s knowledge of hazardous chemicals found in e-waste; educate people on how to properly dispose of e-waste; show people how to create sustainable livelihoods from e-waste.
Gender Focus
The composition of the Organization includes 9 males and 20 females. The project seeks to include both gender and create equal capacity building and livelihood opportunities for men, women and youths.
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Grantee Contact

Mr Ashley John
Email: ashley.c.john@consolinc.org
 

Address

Baynes Brothers Building, Halifax Street
Kingstown , Caribbean , VC 0120

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes
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Address

P.O. Box 2338, SeaBreeze Bldg. Arnos Vale
KINGSTOWN, CARIBBEAN