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Multimillion-dollar bottle recycling project launched

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Government is to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling project expected to create jobs for hundreds of Jamaicans.

The project has been dubbed ‘Recycle Now Jamaica’.

PET is used as a raw material for making packaging materials such as bottles and food containers and other consumer goods.

Products of PET are recycled to reuse the material out of which they are made and to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

The national initiative is being undertaken through a public-private partnership.

The Government, through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), will be spending $50 million per year on the project.

The private sector will contribute approximately $24 million annually over the three years.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr Omar Davies, said the Recycle Now Jamaica project will become one of the major initiatives of the JEEP Secretariat.

He said a minimum of 300 jobs are expected to be created.

Davies noted that there are strong economic benefits, which can be derived from the initiative as there is a growing demand for PET bottles worldwide.


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