IMPLEMENTORS OF CHANGE
After pursuing a career in international development and sustainability in North America, Carol Lue returned home to Jamaica after 15 years in 2012 to develop organic waste recycling solutions in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
She founded CaribShare, a not-for-profit that created Jamaica’s first organic waste recycling program (2016-2019). Operating a large scale biodigester plant, CaribShare recycled food waste from eight hotels in the Montego Bay area into biogas and organic fertilizer: Iberostar, Half Moon, Hyatt Ziva Zilara, RIU Reggae, RIU Palace, RIU Montego Bay, Sandals Royal and Sandals Montego Bay. The organic fertilizer was donated to the small farming community of Braco, Trelawny to help enhance and restore their soil ecosystem.
In addition, CaribShare successfully organized and hosted Jamaica’s 1st Food Waste Conference in collaboration with the Center for Responsible Travel and World Wildlife Fund in January 2021. The event broadened the business case for holistic and sustainable food waste management to include food waste reduction and food donations as well as food waste recycling to 15 hotels in the Montego Bay and Trelawny areas.
Through her unique entrepreneurial experience, Carol testifies to the essentials needed to fight food waste issues as well as the current gaps for their successful implementation. She is a committed champion for the development of organic waste recycling sectors in the region.
"I am proud to have demonstrated the potentials for solving food waste issues. And, while the experience has been highly rewarding, it has also been acutely risky, stressful, and frustrating at times due to the slow and inadequate action on the matter by government, business, and civil society as a whole. It is my hope that this blog will therefore help to garner the essential collective advocacy and action needed for organic waste recycling sectors to grow and flourish across the Caribbean." - Carol