Young visitors attending a workshop at Waste Factory St. Maarten.
PHILIPSBURG–Under the motto “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse,” Waste Factory St. Maarten opened its doors on Front Street, next to Art Craft Café Gallery near Emmaplein, on Saturday. Many visitors seized the opportunity to have a look at the facility or to follow one of several workshops on offer.
In an effort to reduce garbage and to create awareness about recycling, Waste Factory, a brainchild of Art Craft Café Gallery proprietor Tess Verheij, has start with the collection of glass, tin cans, paper, plastics and Styrofoam which are being recycled in an open-studio setting.
Recyclables are being cleaned and processed on the first floor, with Waste Factory proprietor and artist Tess Verheij at left.
The recycled materials will be handmade and remodelled into new products such as gift items, souvenirs and shopping bags. Waste Factory will be presenting a menu of several workshop activities from which to choose.
Waste Factory is in need of volunteers for the collection of plastic, paper and glass; for the separation and cleaning of these products; for the shredding and melting of the final product; and for promotional activities.
It is also seeking creative minds to lead workshops, handymen, women and technicians. Clean-up activities at beaches and in the hills and cooperation with hotels and restaurants are also in the planning.
Persons interested in Waste Factory may call tel. 580-0462 or send an email to
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/83309-waste-factory-wants-to-turn-recycling-into-an-art