I myself have been a huge supporter and promoter of recycling on the island. It bothered me to see our number one resource, our beauty, literally being trashed! I thought the best way to get the point across was through the children.
Last year my 7 year old son, started a club called KRABS (Kids Recycling and Beautifying St.Thomas). We passed out flyers to the neighbors, explaining we would pick up their recyclable goods for free, on a weekly basis. The response was great. We kept track of the amounts that were collected and passed out an update newsletter, for our customers. We managed to do it for eight months, in between the ups and downs of the anti-litter and beautification. This was our test market, and it was proven a success, with my son collecting almost a TON!
We planned on going to all the elementary schools on the island and giving a seminar on the club, educating the kids by using many visual aids. Each KRABS member would call in on a monthly basis, with their numbers collected, to be tallied up. I planned on honoring all these KRABS with a party during Earth Week. My son has proven that kids can make a difference, and many kids would make a huge difference!
Unfortunately, I had made many attempts to the ALB Department and never received a response. I called into a live TV interview once with my idea and was told to call the next day, but never got a response. I explained I only wanted to volunteer and would not ask for any money, still no interest. I hope now we can finally be one Virgin Islands and all work together on protecting our number one resource.
Alec Tayler founder of KRABS
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