Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Honorable Molwyn Joseph (L) receives equipment from UNDP's Office Coordinator, Mellissa Johnson (R)

A mobile shredder was recently handed over to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Procurement of the shredder is a component of the US $5.6 Million Housing Support to Barbuda Project funded through the kind assistance of the European Union, following Hurricane Irma’s impact on Barbuda.

The handing over exercise was held at the Deep-water Harbour, where Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Honorable Molwyn Joseph signed documents declaring transfer of ownership to the Government. The Honourable Minister also accepted keys for the shredder on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, noting in his remarks that the shredder fits “…in the context of our recently developed policy of zero waste.” He further indicated that the equipment will be used to crush blocks and concrete pieces which can then be re-used in construction.

This event was only one part of a project expected to benefit the people of Barbuda through the rehabilitation and repair or reconstruction of 150 private houses among the most vulnerable residents of Barbuda. The Project is also designed to enhance the capacity of the local population to prevent and cope with future shocks through increased knowledge of standardized resilient construction techniques.

It is envisaged that with all debris – such as galvanize, blocks & concrete, fallen trees and other construction materials – resulting from Hurricane Irma and subsequent construction, the shredder will contribute to debris waste management on the island in the recovery of post-Hurricane Irma Barbuda. As a part of this donation, there will be a training component, where national representatives will be trained in the use and maintenance of the shredder.

The handing over ceremony was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment; the Office of the National Authorizing Officer; the Barbuda Council and the National Solid Waste Authority.

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