Bridgetown Beautified with “Designer” Bins – SSA does part to combat ravages of Vagrancy in City

Pedestrians traversing along Swan Street in the City now have additional bins to dispose of their refuse thanks to The Revitalisation of Bridgetown Initiative (TRBI), the Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports & Youth, the Sanitation Service Authority and the Vector Unit.

The idea for placing additional bins in the area was conceptualised in an effort to beautify Bridgetown, which was experiencing problems with litter due to the fact that there was only one bin in the area and to maintain Barbados’ World Heritage designation in the City. The bin project was undertaken by the business community, school children and the public sector.

Children pose next to the refuse bins that they designed. The bins will be placed throughout Swan Street.

Children pose next to the refuse bins that they designed. The bins will be placed throughout Swan Street.

Children attending schools within the World Heritage Site and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) were provided with blank bins and asked to paint designs based on the theme “Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison.” The project, called “Design a Can”, was supported by local companies Harris Paints who provided the paint and Collins Ltd, who donated the bins.

The Graydon Sealy Secondary School and St. Paul’s Primary School emerged the eventual winners of the competition and were presented with their prizes at a ceremony in Swan Street on 19 December 2012. On hand to witness the presentation was Eddy Abed, Council Member of the BCCI; Stacia Browne, Project Coordinator of TRBI and Kimberly Douglas, Sales and Retail Manager at Harris Paints.

TRBI was formed in 2008 by the BCCI to stimulate increased economic and social activity within the nation’s capital. The initiative includes beautification of the City, enhanced security features such as lighting and CCTV and a humane solution to the problem of vagrancy.

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