Courtesy of: The Morning News
By: Rosalie Klein
Educating islanders to the benefits of recycling is an ongoing venture, and Meta Corp companies are collaborating for a second time with Eco-conscious NGO’s to present their second edition of “Save The Earth,” on Saturday, April 20.
Local Marketing Manager for Meta Corp, Zugheila Lindeborgh, introduced Shakira Arindell, representing Starbucks, Ecotech Marketing and PR Officer Joanette Vrutaal and Tivisay Tromp of Fun Miles, who explained the participation of their various companies in the “Save the Earth” campaign 2013.
The Renaissance Marketplace will be the center of operations, as last year. Islanders are encouraged to start stockpiling recyclable waste, such as magazines, newspapers and other paper goods, cardboard, plastic bottles, tin and aluminum cans and soda bottles, to turn in during the Save the Earth event. Items will be weighed, and Fun Miles will be awarded for all materials handed in. There will also be prizes from Ecotech for the greatest amounts of refuse turned in by individuals and groups. Schools are encouraged to conduct clean ups and separation of materials into their proper categories, to turn in for prizes for their schools.
This year, a new event has been added to the Save the Earth fair, a consciousness-raising walk commencing with a half hour Zumba workout at the Renaissance Marketplace, beginning at 7:00 AM. The walk will make its way from the marketplace past Collegio Arubano to Banco di Caribe at the start of the Vondelaan, and return. There will be prizes for the first 20 walkers across the finish line. Registration for the walk is 5 Aruban florins, ($2.85) which will include a tee shirt for all participants and refreshments. Interested parties can register at the Renaissance Marketplace beginning April 1.
Tropical Bottling will be presenting the Coca Cola Live Positively program, targeting “Beverage benefits, Active Healthy Living, community, workspace, Energy Management and Climate Protection, Recycling and Global Water Stewardship.” Balashi Brewery will be paying 20 cents for all Balashi beer bottles returned to redemption centers around the island, as they have the only beer bottles on Aruba which are recycled. Redemption centers are: the Balashi Brewery, Balashi Carry Out Oranjestad, Three Colors Supermarket, New Food Center, Cheng Xing Supermarket and NG’s Supermarket in Kamay.
Meta Corp invites all the community to join them in this effort and reap tangible rewards for their recycling efforts, as well as the satisfaction in knowing they are helping their island and the environment in a vital manner. Starbucks will be on hand with a tasting corner, there will be fun activities for children and it will be a productive and festive morning, beginning at 7:00 AM and ending at 1:00 PM.