Waste Management and Reduction in St. Kitts
According to the World Bank, St. Kitts and Nevis is ranked number four among countries that generate the most trash per capita, with 5.45 kilograms of trash per capita every day. This poses a significant problem since locals have little to no access to recycling services and the island has limited landfill capacity. In particular, the proliferation of plastics and styrofoams, indiscriminate dumping, and a lack of environmental education on the island have led to increased litter in the water and on the beaches. In addition to degrading the island’s natural beauty, this litter harms sensitive marine wildlife, such as the endangered hawksbill turtles that nest on St. Kitts’ beaches. These environmental consequences in turn threaten the local people who depend on healthy marine ecosystems for their food and livelihoods.
What We're Doing
In 2016, Sustainable Travel International launched the Heart of St. Kitts Foundation. The Foundation is a travel philanthropy fund dedicated to conserving St. Kitts environmental and cultural assets, and enhancing local well-being through community-driven sustainability projects
One of the Foundation’s primary goals is to improve St. Kitts’ waste management infrastructure and encourage the adoption of more sustainable waste practices. The Foundation is working to identify a local waste management partner that will reduce pressures on the island’s only landfill, educate communities on waste-related issues, and positively impact the environmental health of the island.
In addition, the Heart of St. Kitts Foundation will support regular beach cleanups to lessen the harmful impacts of litter on the island’s sensitive marine and coastal ecosystems. Educational talks will also be incorporated into the cleanups to help local communities learn about the importance of the environment while participating in its preservation.