Dulux reduces waste footprint with IT donations to Saint Lucia

Dulux Decorator Centres has joined forces with charity Waste to Wonder (WtW) to support an education centre project in hurricane-torn Saint Lucia, using donated redundant IT and electrical equipment from its stores.

It is hoped that the project to build a new education and aviation academy in Saint Lucia, which was badly hit by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, will help put the economy back on track.

This will be done by training a new generation of pilots, aviation engineers and professionals with the skills needed to increase and exploit trade opportunities with other countries.

According to WtW, which provides a recovery solution for all redundant office assets in a socially responsible way, ensuring none of this equipment goes to landfill, IT equipment donated by Dulux will be used in the academy, which will act as an education hub for the island.

It is now is working alongside the Saint Lucia government to support its recovery by helping to increase the employability of its visitors as well as forging links with international universities.

WtW’s head of communications, Emily Verheijen, said: “The Aviation Academy is just one way in which we can help get the country back on its feet as it will help to increase international trade links, develop international aviation links, increase employment and education opportunities and therefore play a part in reinvigorating the economy.

“Commercial waste can be used for so many good causes, so it’s great to have a high profile company such as Dulux Decorator Centres on board.”

Meanwhile, Dulux marketing & communication manager, Beverley Whitehead, said: “As an organisation we are committed to eliminating all waste and emissions from our own operations.

“Waste To Wonder’s ability to breathe new life into the company’s old equipment to benefit another country, while saving it from an unnecessary trip to the landfill, meant we had no hesitation in donating.”

Carys Matthews

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