Bring your bot­tles for bag

JET to share 12 tips for re­duc­ing garbage at launch of Christ­mas cam­paign

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Christo­pher Serju/ Gleaner Writer christo­[email protected]­erjm.com

THE JA­MAICA En­vi­ron­ment Trust (JET) is invit­ing the pub­lic to take part in its ‘Nuh Dutty Up Ja­maica Christ­mas – Bring a Bag a Bot­tle’ at Mall Plaza, Con­stant Spring Road in Half-Way Tree on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 12. There, per­sons can get a re­us­able ‘Chico’ shop­ping bag, in ex­change for 30 plas­tic bot­tles, while stocks last.

With the ban on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags, re­ferred to as ‘scan­dals’, set to take ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, the tim­ing of the ‘bag for bot­tles’ swap is just right, ac­cord­ing to Suzanne Stan­ley, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of JET.

She told The Gleaner: “We thought Christ­mas would be a great op­por­tu­nity to do some ed­u­ca­tion around the ban be­cause Ja­maicans need to get used to car­ry­ing our own re­us­able bags. So we have these re­us­able Nuh Dutty Up Ja­maica shop­ping bags that are re­ally great. It is about the size of a ‘scan­dal’ bag and when not be­ing used, it can be folded into a small ball. So it re­ally is con­ve­nient.”

The Chico bags will also be on sale for $1,000, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Nuh Dutty Up Ja­maica cam­paign.

The event, which starts at 3 p.m., will also fea­ture the launch of an­other JET ini­tia­tive – Nuh Dutty Up Ja­maica: 12 Tips of Christ­mas.

This cam­paign en­cour­ages Ja­maicans to re­duce the amount of garbage they pro­duce dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son by, among other things:

I Tak­ing a re­us­able bag when go­ing shop­ping

I Switch­ing to re­us­able plates, cups and cut­lery at Christ­mas par­ties

I Giv­ing thought­ful, per­sonal and unique gifts, which don’t gen­er­ate much waste.

JET’s Christ­mas cam­paign also re­minds Ja­maicans to re­cy­cle plas­tics wher­ever pos­si­ble and that any garbage they do gen­er­ate must al­ways be put in a bag and placed in a bin for col­lec­tion.

For this event, JET will part­ner with Wisynco Eco and Re­cy­cling Part­ners of Ja­maica to share tips on the proper col­lec­tion, pack­ag­ing and dis­posal of garbage.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The Chico bag is quite small when folded and opens up into a prac­ti­cal, re­us­able shop­ping bag, which can hold a lot. When not be­ing used, the Chico shop­ping bag can eas­ily be car­ried in a pocket.

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