Plastic bottles. Image: Lisa Risager
Solid waste

Jamaican government to launch plastic bottle deposit programme

The government of Jamaica will be partnering with the private sector to launch a deposit and refund programme for plastic bottles: The Government is committing $75 million over three years towards the implementation of a plastic bottle deposit scheme. This was announced by minister without portfolio in the Ministry of …

Plastic bottles. Image: Twentyfour Students.
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Jamaican companies participate in plastic recycling challenge

In Jamaica, six companies are participating in a recycling challenge led by food and beverage company Wisynco: The Gleaner Company is among the six companies that have signed on to the Wisynco Eco-led Recycle Challenge to collect a minimum of 100,000 plastic bottles over seven weeks. The others participating in …

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Antigua and Barbuda to impose heavy penalties for littering

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minster of Health and the Environment has announced that revised anti-littering laws will impose severe penalties on violators: Health Minister Molwyn Joseph has announced the most “advanced” litter act currently in the draft stage which will see jail sentences imposed on offenders. Joseph made the announcement in …

Plastic collected for recycling. Image: via Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
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Head of Trinidad and Tobago’s solid waste agency calls for more recycling

Trinidad and Tobago’s Solid Waste Management Company is working to increase the country’s waste recycling rate: The Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) processes 30 tonnes of plastic every month, which is less than one per cent of the plastic generated by the people of TT. SWMCOL CEO Ronald Roach added …

Award-winning environmental entrepreneur Wayne Neale (left). Image: via the Saint Lucia Star
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Greening the Caribbean: award-winning Saint Lucian waste management company

From the Saint Lucia Star, a profile of Greening the Caribbean, a Saint Lucian waste management company that has won international awards for sustainable entrepreneurship: It’s not easy convincing companies to care about their waste but Saint Lucian entrepreneur Wayne Neale is doing just that. Managing Director of waste management …

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Jamaica to ban single-use plastic bags “soon”

The government of Jamaica intends to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags: Jamaicans will soon be banned from packing groceries and other goods in single-use plastic bags. Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and …

Open burning. Image: Kevin and Justine Smith
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Jamaica agencies co-operate to raise awareness about the dangers of open burning

In Jamaica, a multi-agency effort is underway to raise awareness about the hazards associated with the open burning of waste and debris, and to eliminate the practice of open burning: The activities are being spearheaded by NEPA’s GEF/IDB Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas Project …