JMEA, RPJ announce expansion of National Plastic Bottle Recycling Programme

Friday, January 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) says it will be launching a larger, more comprehensive National Plastic Bottling Recycling Programme this year.

The expansion of the programme follows a directive from a working group that was created last September consisting of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), the RPJ as well as other stakeholders.

The goal of the working group has been to create a plan to increase the recovery of plastic bottles from the environment.

Director of JMEA and Chairman of the Working Group Committee, Simon Roberts, stated that “the process was sought to evaluate the best solution which was guided by an independent consultant and findings from a study conducted by the Caribbean Policy & Research Institute (CaPRI) and we believe that we have such a solution.”

The core industry partners have agreed to a funding initiative that will generate additional support for RPJ's capital requirements and operational activities. Initial estimates show that the contributions will increase RPJ's funding more than tenfold. This enterprise and its implementation on the ground will allow for the enactment of a Deposit Refund System at a future date.

“The Recycling Partners of Jamaica is the best suited entity to manage and execute the massive initiative to be launched given its frame structure and track record. The phased approach will see vast changes over the next few months. However, the support of all Jamaicans is needed to ensure the success of this initiative. We implore all Jamaicans to get on board and support these recycling efforts,” the chairman added.

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