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Blue Iguana Breeding Programme Success 11 June 2008
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World Outrage on the Cruel and Unjustified Death of Six Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas - 6 May 2008
Coral Reefs And Climate Change: Microbes Could Be The Key To Coral Death - 1 April 2008
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Green Iguanas taking over in Grand Cayman - 29 October 2007
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Prince Edward visits the Salina Reserve to see the Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas - 4 Feb 2007
Cayman Islands' Dept of Environment's Mangrove Project - 6 February 2007
Global Endangered Species threatened to become extinct without Action - MSN News - January 2007
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Ice Cracks at North Pole - Global Warming - 21 September 2006
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Year 11 John Gray Recyclers Attend Awards Function on Disney Cruise Line - 23 June 2006
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John Gray Recyclers Plastic Six-Pack Programme Has A Global Reach

John Gray Recyclers and Year 11 students Allison Anglin and Sherelle Clarke, display a 3-D snowflake that was made in Ohio with plastic six-pack rings that they helped to collect.

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 States.
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.
Pam Testa 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.
Individually, 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 2005.
“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.
The public’s 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 johngrayrecyclers@hotmail.com.
More information about six-pack holder recycling, and other John Gray Recyclers’ projects, can be found at www.johngrayrecyclers.org