John Gray Recyclers Plastic Six-Pack Programme Has A Global Reach
Cayman Islands, May, 29 - The aim of the John Gray Recyclers has always been to conserve the Islands’ habitats and
resources. But recently their efforts have reached beyond Cayman’s shores and are assisting recyclers in the United
The international connections were spurred by the recyclers ongoing collection programme for plastic, six-pack
ring holders. The students collect and donate the holders to Bodden Beverages who, in turn, use the rings to convert 12-pack
cases of sodas into six- packs.
Not only does the programme help Bodden Beverages with its soda distribution, but it also
helps to conserve resources and save the local landfill.
The programme was widely publicized in its initial stages, resulting
in the group receiving numerous e-mails from persons commending them and offering assistance. Two of those e-mails were requests
from people in America, who queried whether the recyclers would be willing to provide rings to them as well.
of Ohio and Iris Brand of Georgia were both having difficulty finding large quantities of the rings for their projects. Ms
Testa was working on an art sculpture and Mrs Brand was creating large, 3-D snowflakes with the six-pack rings.
the two women found the recycling group’s website on an Internet search engine, and promptly contacted the recyclers
to ask if they would be able to ship some of the rings to them.
“The response to our six-pack recycling programme
has been tremendous,” said group co-ordinator Mrs Christine Whitehead. “Consequently, the recyclers have become
even more excited and proud about the work that they are doing.”
To date the group has sent 1,027 plastic holders
to Ms Testa and 500 rings to Mrs Brand.
The groups collection efforts were assisted by Mrs Gina Connolly’s class
at the Lighthouse School and by Zach Estey a student at Triple C School.
The Lighthouse School had previously been connected
with the John Gray students recycling efforts, but their involvement was disrupted by Hurricane Ivan. And Triple C School
recently joined forces with the recycling group at the Cayman Islands Education Department’s Reading Fair in October
“This collaboration proves that even though we are a small group, living in a small country, we still have
a large impact,” commented the recycling group’s president, year 12 student Kamala Murugesu.
contribution and support is still greatly appreciated, and the public is asked to continue assisting the efforts to preserve
Cayman’s environment. Six-pack soda rings and soda tabs can be dropped off at the John Gray High School in care of school
secretary Marguerita Thompson, or collections can be arranged by e-mailing the recyclers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about six-pack holder recycling, and other John Gray Recyclers’ projects, can be found at www.johngrayrecyclers.org