Mapou, Mauritius, December 21, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- A press conference was held on 15 December at which Heritage Resorts (part of Veranda Leisure and Hospitality Mauritius) and the Bel Ombre Foundation for Empowerment presented Plankton, the first community-recycling unit in Mauritius.
Heritage Resorts is supporting this major project as part of its CSR plan, the main objective of which is the development of the rural community of Bel Ombre and its surroundings. With a project of this magnitude, Heritage Resorts is making it possible for the Bel Ombre Foundation to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of waste.
The recycling unit, christened Plankton, both for its coastal location and its impact on the preservation of the lagoon, is a centre for processing waste plastic, glass, cans and paper. Besides just recycling, Plankton is an innovative project with multiple socio-economic and environmental objectives, that will:
• Provide an environmentally sound and sustainable response to waste issues
• Provide full-time “green” jobs to seven people to begin with
• Raise awareness of local residents and get them to join in this collective project affecting all local people
• Help make the region greener
• Reduce carbon emissions produced by the garbage trucks by dealing locally with waste.
• Provide an ecologically friendly finished product of added value that meets the needs of various industries that previously had to import these materials.
Plankton is a real business project that will be taken over by the local community in 2015. By then, the Heritage Le Telfair Hotel, Heritage Awali, Heritage The Villas as well as the CBeach Club, the Heritage Golf Club (brands of Veranda Leisure and Hospitality Mauritius) and other hotels in the region will provide the critical mass of waste needed to operate the unit. In a few weeks from now they will be joined by the people of Bel Ombre and neighbouring villages, making the Bel Ombre region the first on the island to start sorting waste for recycling.