Recycling record for Jamaican port

Plastic bottles Plastic bottle collected after a beach clean-up at the New Causeway Fishing Village on 13 April. Credit: KFTL

A Jamaican port has collected nearly 300,000 plastic bottles for recycling in one year as the result of its campaign to reduce the impact of its operations on stakeholders and the environment.

Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited’s (KFTL) recycling milestone comes one year after the launch of its KFTL Go Blue environmental campaign on 5 June 2018, World Environment Day. The campaign features various initiatives to improve waste management, energy and resource conservation.

At the end of 2018, KFTL had separated over 105,000 plastic bottles for recycling. During the first five months of 2019, KFTL separated almost 183,000 plastic bottles, 145,000 of which were collected as part of its participation in the Wisynco Eco Corporate Challenge. KFTL has partnered with the Recycling Partners of Jamaica to collect the separated bottles.

Organising waste

To help facilitate the separation of waste streams by staff and stakeholders, KFTL placed colour-coded bins in various locations across the terminal. It also launched its KFTL Recycling School Tour, during which employees visited several schools near the port, held recycling sensitisation sessions and donated recycling bins.

KFTL’s environmental stewardship also extends to Kingston Harbour. In 2018, the company sponsored a project in partnership with University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Marine Sciences and the Port Royal Marine Laboratory, which saw over 8,299 bags of garbage, comprising mainly plastics, removed from the Refuge Cay mangroves in Kingston.

Additionally, KFTL is the sponsor of the ‘Port Royal Cays Coral Reef Rehabilitation’ project. Started in 2018, the five-year project features the design, installation and monitoring of artificial coral reef structures on the Port Royal Cays.

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