April 16, 2021
This Earth Day, the Caribbean Bottling Company (Bahamas) Ltd. (CBC) will partner with Cans4kids (Cans for Kids) for an aluminum can drive. The April 22 event, which will be hosted at the R. M. Bailey Park from 2-5pm, will award prizes to the person who donates the most aluminum cans, by weight. Cans4kids will also officially launch their 3-month-long school can donation competition, which will award the school who collects the most aluminum cans with $300. The individual student who collects the most cans will also win $100.
For members of the general public who would like to make a donation at the Earth Day Can Drive, they can collect their empty aluminum cans in trash bags and bring them to the R. M. Bailey Park on April 22, to be weighed. Schools wishing to take part in the student centric competition can donate their cans at their schools or bring them to the R. M. Bailey park to be weighed and logged. School drive donations will be accepted until July 24.
Alma McDonald, Cans4kids’ Project Manager, noted that their team has been working hard to raise awareness about recycling, and the support of the local community is vital. McDonald added, “At Cans4kids, community partners play a pivotal role in the sustainability of our organization. It is with their help, that we are able to get recycling messages out to a boarder population. Their donations and involvement are appreciated, as we commit to decreasing the amount of aluminum cans filling our landfill, and saving planet earth, while giving back to our kids and youth charities, at the same time.”
The Caribbean Bottling Company has partnered with Cans4kids for two previous monthly aluminum can donation drives. Dieudonne Pierre was the winner of March’s aluminum can recycling drive with an impressive donation of 96.99lbs, and took home a prize pack courtesy of The D'Albenas Agency Ltd and the Caribbean Bottling Company. February’s winner was Dorothy Stubbs who contributed 49.94lbs in empty aluminum cans and won a $250 BPL Gift Card, courtesy of CBC. The upcoming Earth Day event will include a number of community partners in addition to CBC, including the Kiwanis Clubs of Nassau, The D'Albenas Agency Ltd, Popeyes Bahamas, and Wendy’s.
“We are proud to support the efforts of Cans4kids for their upcoming Earth Day event, but we know that it is vital to support environmental preservation projects, all year round.” noted Nikia Wells, CBC Communications Marketing Manager. “Recycling initiatives and waste reduction programs still have lots of room to grow and evolve throughout the country, but like many Bahamians, we are always looking for new ways to adapt, evolve and assist with local waste reduction programs. We are committed to providing assistance to groups and programs that are diligently working to reduce and reuse materials, around the country. In addition to being a proud supporter of the Cans4kids program, which rewards schools for every aluminum can that they collect, CBC has a number of ongoing waste reduction and recycling projects, which includes recycling wooden pallets and scrap cardboard, utilizing recycling bins at CBC facilities, and taking part in events and activities that can encourage Bahamians to make small changes that can greatly impact the environment.”
In early 2018, The Coca-Cola Company announced a massive global ambition to recycle all of its packaging by 2030. As the official bottler of Coca-Cola beverages in the Bahamas, the Caribbean Bottling Company will continue to look for new and innovative ways to make that goal a reality, in the Bahamas.