Re­cy­cling com­pany to re­move 200 tonnes of plas­tic at River­ton

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

RE­CY­CLE Part­ners of Ja­maica Lim­ited (RPJL), the coun­try’s des­ig­nated na­tional re­cy­cling en­tity, has launched an am­bi­tious new ob­jec­tive to re­move 200 tonnes of plas­tic from the River­ton land­fill in the Cor­po­rate Area.

RPJL is also call­ing on the pub­lic to throw its sup­port be­hind the very wor­thy and much-needed ini­tia­tive, to en­sure that it suc­ceeds.

The com­pany en­gages in the col­lec­tion, re­cov­ery and dis­po­si­tion of re­cy­clable prod­ucts con­tain­ing PET and HDPE ma­te­ri­als. By do­ing so, the RPJL also cre­ates em­ploy­ment on a sus­tain­able an­nual ba­sis and sources mar­kets (lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional) for re­sale of plas­tic.

River­ton land­fill has for many years posed a se­ri­ous prob­lem to those liv­ing and op­er­at­ing busi­nesses in the Cor­po­rate Area due to fre­quent fires and the re­sult­ing smoke pol­lu­tion.

The land­fill holds sig­nif­i­cant amounts of plas­tic waste which, when burned, re­leases dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals such as hy­drochlo­ric acid, sul­fur diox­ide, diox­ins, fu­rans and heavy met­als into the en­vi­ron­ment.

These emis­sions are known to cause res­pi­ra­tory ail­ments, and stress­ing hu­man im­mune sys­tems, and are po­ten­tially car­cino­genic.

Com­ment­ing on the RPJL’S lat­est ini­tia­tive, Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Win­nie Cum­mings noted that the res­i­dents of Kingston and St An­drew have suf­fered for years as a re­sult of fires at River­ton.

“It causes health prob­lems, and has on many in­stances in­ter­rupted com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity. To say the least, the build-up of plas­tic at the land­fill has to be ad­dressed,” she stated.

“RPJL is proud to be em­bark­ing on this next step of our work. So far, with the help of our part­ners, we have been able to raise aware­ness, pro­vide col­lec­tion lo­ca­tions and be­gin to create a cul­ture of re­cy­cling within Ja­maica,” she pointed out.

She com­mented that the River­ton project will be a true test for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, be­cause of the very lofty goal that has been set for re­mov­ing 200 tonnes of plas­tic.

“We are there­fore call­ing on the pri­vate sec­tor and the gen­eral pub­lic to give us their full sup­port,” she added.

As of Septem­ber 2018, RPJL has re­moved more than 5.6 mil­lion pounds of PET (poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late) bot­tles through its dis­posal sites, by fa­cil­i­tat­ing daily col­lec­tions, key part­ner­ships with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and a ro­bust ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme in schools.

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