Monday 30 March, 2020

Recycling Partners doubles the price for plastic bottles

Executive Chairman of the RPJ, Damien King, said the move was designed to increase the number of plastic bottles removed from the environment and foster greater public awareness to the dangers of plastic on public and environmental health. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Executive Chairman of the RPJ, Damien King, said the move was designed to increase the number of plastic bottles removed from the environment and foster greater public awareness to the dangers of plastic on public and environmental health. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

In an effort to get more Jamaicans involved in recycling plastic bottles, the Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) has doubled the amount they will pay for plastic bottles.

Executive Chairman of the RPJ, Damien King, said the move was designed to increase the number of plastic bottles removed from the environment and foster greater public awareness to the dangers of plastic on public and environmental health.

The RPJ now pays $5 per pound for plastic bottles that are brought to their collection sites and $4 per pound for plastic bottles that are collected by them.

“I am announcing that we are going to be doubling what the RPJ pays for plastic bottles. We are going to be moving recycling to a higher level. That is our commitment,” King said.

Plastic bottles are one of the main causes of clogged drains which causes flooding in low lying areas during heavy rains.

Recycling Partners launch

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Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with responsibility for Land, The Environment, Climate Change and Investment, Daryl Vaz, was very supportive of the move, which he said would aid in increasing the number of plastic bottles that lay uncollected for recycling.

“Only about 11 per cent of Jamaica’s plastic bottles are collected for recycling, a level of recovery that is woefully inadequate,” Vaz said during his keynote address.

The RPJ was founded in 2014 as a joint effort between the Government and the Private Sector to handle the recovery, collection and diversion of plastic bottles from entering the island’s waste streams.

In the last four years, the RPJ has collected some 7.4 million pounds of waste plastic.

There are collection centres in the island at the RPJ headquarters in Lakes Pen, St Catherine, the Martin’s Hill disposal site at Grove, Manchester, the RPJ office at Whitehall in Negril, Westmoreland, Greenwood in Montego Bay, St James, Port Maria, St Mary, The office of the Jamaica Environment Trust and 360 Recycle Manufacturing Ltd in the Corporate Area, Mystic Mountain Rainforest Foundation at Dunns River in Ocho Rios, Chukka Caribbean Adventures in Llandovery, LFA Country Store at Richmond and Davarald Christian - all in St Ann, The Development Gap at Grange Hill Portland and all Cool Oasis sites islandwide.
 

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