Don’t wait for sty­ro­foam law, Red Stripe urges busi­nesses

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

From left: Neil Grant, en­gi­neer­ing and main­te­nance man­ager, Red Stripe; Sen­a­tor Matthew Sa­muda; and Garth Wil­liams, sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager, Red Stripe, pose for the cam­era. RED STRIPE is urg­ing mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity to be proac­tive in ban­ning the use of in­or­ganic ma­te­ri­als, even as it wel­comes the Se­nate’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove a ban on plas­tic bags and sty­ro­foam.

A pri­vate mem­ber’s mo­tion by Gov­ern­ment Sen­a­tor Matthew Sa­muda for the ban was ap­proved on Fri­day. The mat­ter has now been re­ferred to a multi-stake­holder com­mit­tee, fol­low­ing which it will go through the leg­isla­tive process be­fore it can be­come law.

“We ap­plaud the Se­nate for its bold move and ea­gerly await the leg­is­la­tion. But there’s no set time­line for this to hap­pen and we be­lieve that as a pri­vate sec­tor and in­di­vid­u­als, we can make choices right now, to­day, that are bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Garth Wil­liams, Red Stripe’s sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager.

Not­ing that Red Stripe puts sig­nif­i­cant em­pha­sis on re­spect for planet, Wil­liams pointed to the fact that the beer com­pany out­lawed the use of Sty­ro­foam at its Span­ish Town Road brewery years ago.

“We do not al­low sty­ro­foam at the plant. Ad­di­tion­ally, we re­cy­cle much of what we use. Our bot­tles are all re­turn­able, which re­duces the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment,” he added, while not­ing that the com­pany em­braces pro­cesses that min­imise the amount of waste pro­duced.

PI­O­NEER­ING MOVE

Wil­liams was in at­ten­dance at Fri­day’s Se­nate sit­ting for the de­bate in which the com­pany was recog­nised for its pi­o­neer­ing move against harm­ful prod­ucts.

“I ap­plaud Red Stripe for their stance on ban­ning Sty­ro­foam.

“The re­duc­tion of non­biodegrad­able waste is our re­spon­si­bil­ity as a na­tion, and I would en­cour­age other mem­bers of the pri­vate sec­tor to fol­low Red Stripe’s lead,” said Sa­muda as he opened the de­bate.

The Se­nate’s ap­proval of the mo­tion has been hailed by sev­eral sec­tors of so­ci­ety who see the move as pro­gres­sive and timely. The pro­posed na­tional ban is in­tended to help pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment from the ef­fects of non-biodegrad­able solid waste.

“The ar­gu­ment against most of the al­ter­na­tives pre­sented is usu­ally based in cost, but I posit to­day that the long term cost of not re­mov­ing th­ese items from our waste stream is far greater. It im­pacts gen­er­a­tions to­day and gen­er­a­tions to come. All of the avail­able science tells us that th­ese items rep­re­sent prob­lems to our en­vi­ron­ment and to world sus­tain­abil­ity,” Sa­muda ar­gued.

The mo­tion specif­i­cally tar­gets plas­tic bags be­low a 50gal­lon ca­pac­ity and all fin­ished goods made from sty­ro­foam.

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