3000 plastic bags. Image credit: Alan
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Reducing plastic bag use in Jamaica: ban or fee?

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) has recently completed an assessment of two policy options—imposing a ban vs. applying a tax/fee—for reducing the use (and subsequent disposal) of plastic bags in Jamaica (where plastic carrier bags are also known as “scandal bags”). Their key findings and recommendations: Both methods examined  have disrupted …

Beach Garbage: Image credit: John Schneider.
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Volunteers remove more than 70 tons of garbage from Jamaica’s coastline

On International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017, nearly 10,000 volunteers helped to collect over 72 metric tons of garbage from Jamaica’s beaches and coasts. The Jamaica Observer reports: A record 160,628 pounds of garbage, including nearly 300,000 plastic beverage bottles, was collected from beaches across the island on International Coastal Cleanup …

Youth advocates from the Bahamas Plastic Movement. Image via the Bahamas Plastic Movement.
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As a result of youth advocacy, The Bahamas will ban plastic bags

As a result of youth advocacy by members of the Bahamas Plastic Movement, the Minister of Environment has promised to ban plastic bags: The Hon. Romauld Ferreira, The Bahamas’ Minister of Environment and Housing, recently announced a plan to ban plastic bags in The Bahamas. The announcement came after a youth …