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Pollution alert! Improper plastic disposal at a critical level

Published:Monday | January 13, 2014 | 8:52 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Environmental lobby group Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is urging Jamaicans to significantly reduce the use of plastic items as the level of pollution is now at a critical level.

According to Diana McCaulay, the Chief Executive Officer of JET, Jamaica's disposal of plastic bottles, bags and straws, is out of control.

She cites data from the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day which shows that more than 65,000 pounds of waste was removed from waterways and beaches.

McCauley says plastic bag, bottles and their caps accounted for majority of the waste.

She says most of Jamaica’s plastic either goes to poorly managed dumps, is burnt, or is improperly disposed of, eventually ending up on the coastline or in the sea.

McCaulay, says pollution from plastic have implications for the environment and can also contaminate food sources.

McCaulay says recycling helps with the problem but maintains that reducing the use of plastic is a better option.

The JET CEO is therefore urging Jamaicans to reduce their use of plastic by utilising reusable items.


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