This project is a vital one and will position St. Barth as an environmental leader throughout the Caribbean as far as waste treatment is concerned," said Michel Geoffrin, the council member who heads the environmental commission. During the inaugural ceremony for the island's new waste treatment incineration plant, a 53-million-franc piece of equipment, Geoffrin underscored the municipality's firm commitment to better and more efficiently manage waste treatment in St. Barth, and more globally, to become more proactive in environmental protection matters. Elected officials, the hotel association, and the business community have long pushed for concrete measures to safeguard the island's reputation as a desirable Caribbean tourist destination. For many, St. Barth's cache depends on certain factors, not the least of which are safety and cleanliness. These fundamental criteria are part of the reason that Caribbean travelers choose St. Barth over its Caribbean neighbors. Both here and abroad, the new incinerator plant may be the most important, if not the most impressive, proof that steps are being taken to keep St. Barth clean.
The policy change is a relatively new one as far as island leaders are concerned. In the late 80's, for example, garbage trucks were still being hired by the island council to dump improperly- burned refuse into what has since become the island's stadium. Petit Galet, the seafront area behind the hospital, was another municipally-designated dumping zone for "problem trash"-car chassis, for example-that no one knew what to do with.
Pertinently aware of the fact that the island's perception abroad as a clean island is one of its most effective selling points, island authorities decided to review the island's current environmental situation and create a program that could appropriately address the problems and deficiencies of the current system. Today, that program includes mandatory trash sorting and separate garbage collection for organic refuse, glass and aluminum. Municipal trash bins for sorted trash have been placed throughout the island, in each of the neighborhoods, to facilitate and promote residents to sort their trash, residential and commercial alike. The municipality purchased a sorting plant for glass and aluminum and a shredder for minor industrial waste like tires and plastic. Nevertheless, the structural lynchpin of waste treatment, was an incinerator plant that could handle the island's ever-increasing garbage volume. Logic dictated that a new incinerator plant be purchased, one that could anticipate the needs of waste treatment in the decades to come.
Aside from its capacities-it can process 1. 5 tons per hour as opposed to the 1 ton per hour the plant it is replacing can process-the new incinerator plant meets all of the European pollution control standards for smoke treatment. The thick, black trail of smoke, the embarrassing signature of the old incinerator, will disappear. Just as importantly, the steam liberated from the combustion of waste will be converted into potable water. On an island where water is a precious commodity, this is a considerable advantage. Finally, the new plant can process garden debris and rubbish which will no doubt come as a relief to amateur gardeners, home builders and professional landscapers.
Backing up environmental awareness with cutting edge technology carries a hefty price tag. Aside from its purchase price, the incinerator plant will cost the community 6 million francs per year to operate. Despite the critics who say the plant is too expensive, the island's new incinerator has generally received a warm welcome.
Though the new plant represents a step forward in measures aimed to protect the environment, it will not be able to solve all of the island's waste problems. At first glance, and specially when compared to neighboring Caribbean islands, St. Barth looks like a clean, proper island. But a closer look reveals another, less flattering picture. On October 7, a clean-up morning organized and sponsored by the island's daily newspaper, the News, gathered more than 100 civic-minded volunteers who spent their precious Sunday morning off picking up garbage. Sacks were filled with thousands of beer bottles and cans that had been carelessly and negligently tossed into bushes, along roadsides and beaches. Clean-up volunteers also found the unexpected: abandoned old scooters, electrical appliances, an ice machine, a refrigerator, even an old toilet bowl. While the problem of littering is still manageable, it is chronic and deeply rooted. It doesn't matter how modern the island's infrastructures are. It's not until residents themselves fully assume their personal responsibility and develop consistent, coherent habits that support a clean island environment that we'll truly be able to usher in an environmentally-sound future. All municipal efforts made toward this end: environmental awareness campaigns, public education programs on proper waste disposal, etc., should be encouraged.
[Jun 27, 2013] Kay Quattrocchi is passionate about the Universe
Interview with Kay Quattrocchi by Panos Charitos
Kay Quattrocchi is an artist passioned about the Universe and inspired by the latest discoveries unveiling some of its secrets. For Kay Learning, discovering and opening our minds to other dimensions than those imposed by our five senses is a so...
CNN ranked Saline Beach N°5.
Is it possible to rank the world's best beaches? Of course it is. This is the Internet. Will everyone agree with their ranking, murmuring respectfully among themselves about how perfectly accurate every placement is? Maybe not. This is the Internet. But that's why they...
[May 18, 2013] Dream races at Les Voiles de St Barth
Performance and a friendly atmosphere.
For four years now, the Voiles de Saint-Barth has stuck with its simple philosophy of offering high class performance and a friendly atmosphere in the magnificent setting of the islands of Saint-Barth and has attracted increasing numbers from the yachting frat...
Preppy chic fashion finds an exotic backdrop on the island of St. Barths.
If you've opened your mailbox in the last week you've probably seen the latest j.crew catalog with a cover photo featuring the famous Eden Rock hotel ...well, the floating dock at least! The world class crew found inspiration...
[Dec 18, 2012] Victoria Secret Angels heat up St Barts
Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Maryna Linchuk, Alessandra Ambrosio
The worlds sexiest angels hit the beaches of St Barths for a smoldering Victoria Secret photo shoot. The crystal clear Caribbean sea was the perfect compliment to the flawless curves of these stunning super models. Splashing ar...
[Dec 17, 2012] Kate Moss flaunts her famous figure in St Barts
Kate Moss on Gouverneur beach
Kate Moss was the perfect ornament for the stunning Gouverneur beach on st. Barths. The iconic super model joined famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier for a glamorous photo shoot on one of the islands most pristine beaches.
Still stunning at age 38 the Br...
[Sep 10, 2012] Rhony and the last hurrah on Island!
Last day in St. Barths.
Aviva just couldn't give it up! Good thing they were able to escape for a classic St barths lunch at the nearly untouched Le Tamarin. Carole is shocked that the restaurant has not changed in 20 years! The traditional beauty of St. barths is well and alive at this eclectic ge...
[Sep 3, 2012] The Real Housewives of NYC more fierce than hurricane Issac!
RHONY continue to sizzle on the island of St barths.
Come one come all...Looks like Sonja is going to get some action of her own tonight! LuAnn's not the only one who can speak the language of love...and all is fair on this sexy tropical paradise.
Villa Dunes is turning into quite the love shack...
Fabulous, Sexy, live in the moment place!
The Real Housewives Of New York all agree St. Barths is a "fabulous, sexy, live in the moment place". The fun begins with an exhilerating flight and safe landing at Gustav III airport in St. Jean, thanks to the expert pilots at Winair.
Little did they kn...
St Barths here they come!
The RHONY start their primping for the luxury island trip to St barths! Ramona and Sonja get their "quick fix" of beauty treatments...LuAnn shops for bikinis it's like...well ... "something you want to do alone..." Will Avivas fear of small planes stop her from making the ...
Take a tour of the exclusive villa.
Live like the Real Housewives of New York! St. Barths Online takes you inside the Dunes luxury villa where the girls stayed on their glamorous trip to the Island of St. Barths.
The 16,000 sq ft Villa Dunes offers the ultimate in luxury. Heated pools, tropical ...
RHONY live it up on the Island of St Barts!
Yachts, private villas, pristine beaches, barely-there bikinis and plenty of Pinot Grigio...the Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) hit St. Barts in style. Veteran housewives Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Luann De Lesseps (The Countess) join new cast ...
[Apr 10, 2012] Beyonce and Jay-Z spend Easter in St. Barts
Beyonce and Jay-Z have taken their daughter on her first vacation. The couple, who celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last week, have been enjoying the sunshine on the Caribbean island of St. Barts with three-month-old Blue Ivy over the weekend, and took the tot for a day trip on a yacht.
Kick-off Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2012 Caribbean regatta in the magical French West Indies sailing paradise!
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[Mar 31, 2012] The Ambiance of St Barths Bucket 2012
Inside the Bucket.
This video features the 2012 St Barths Bucket Regatta and music by the Evan Goodrow Band. Special thanks to the entire crew of the Rebecca, Baz Bar, St Barths Online and the guys from the Evan Goodrow Band for putting on a fantastic show. The song from the Evan Goodrow Band is c...
On board with Rebecca.
The best event in St Barths took place on March 24 - 27, 2012. This video features the beautiful 141 ft sailing yacht, The Rebecca.
produced by Real Media Travel for St. Barths Online and Baz Bar St Barth.
[Mar 14, 2012] Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell in holidays
The age old saying of "I need a holiday to get over my holiday" actually seems applicable if you happen to be Paul McCartney.
The Beatle took wife Nancy Shevell on a romantic break to the Caribbean island of St Barts, just days after the pair visited Paris.
Last week, the lovebirds showed support ...
[Jan 19, 2012] Chris Hemsworth - Elsa Pataky - Matt Damon
On the day their pregnancy news was announced, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, 28, and Elsa Pataky, 35, were seen in sunny St. Barts, France on Wednesday (January 18). The Fast Five actress looked lovely in blue, sporting her beautiful baby bump.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Chris and Elsa - w...
She might be 44, but Tamara Mellon still boasts a figure that women half her age would be proud of.
The Jimmy Choo co-founder showed off her toned figure in a sexy animal-print bikini as she hit the beach with her daughter in St Barts yesterday.
The skimpy string two-piece highlighted Tamara's env...
With almost every other celebrity couple enjoying the New Year in exotic locations, Gary and Danielle Lineker weren't going to be any different.
The married couple were spotted enjoying a romantic walk along a beach in St Barts today - and looked very much in love.
Gary, 51 and his wife, 32, had o...