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Use green packaging for market goods

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I cannot recall ever visiting the downtown market district and seeing it in an immaculate or even just a clean state. There are always piles of garbage in many spaces competing with the vendors, patrons, swerving taxi men, handcart operators, and others.

One can only suppose that it seems that we will never be able to provide enough trucks or have enough time for the available trucks and compactors to remove the burgeoning volume of garbage.

This situation has probably led to other problems such as the spread of diseases and the deteriorating behaviour of those who operate in that environment. The mess and stench this space carries keep some would-be patrons away.

Much of the garbage there is generated from the types of packaging (mainly banana trash and dried grass) that farmers and higglers use to protect their goods for transportation

I, therefore, suggest that we encourage those who transport goods to downtown Kingston and other marketplaces do so professionally in reusable boxes and thin sheets of foam or sponge or other ways that omit the padding that eventually becomes garbage.

Those who comply can be rewarded by charging them lower market fees since they would not be contributing to the garbage pile-up. We must also be mindful that presentation is very important to some consumers, so the higgler who can master this aspect of his trade stands to foster better client-higgler relationships.