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Seven truckloads of garbage collected at JET’s beach cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day 2018



Jamaica Environment Trust | 2018-10-05 16:29:00

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is reporting that seven truckloads of garbage were hauled away from their 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day flagship event at the Palisadoes Go Kart Track in Kingston. The flagship event was JET’s 25th annual beach cleanup of the Palisadoes strip marking ICC Day, which took place on Saturday, September 15 this year. Over 1,700 volunteers joined JET on ICC Day 2018 collecting over 1,000 bags of garbage weighing an estimated 15,488 pounds from the Kingston Harbour coastline.

The number one item collected at the 2018 JET cleanup was plastic bottles. Two truckloads of plastic bottles weighing an estimated 1,900 pounds were removed from the Go-Kart Track for recycling by Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ). “Over 36,500 plastic bottles were collected by volunteers at the Go Kart Track on ICC Day this year,” said Tamoy Singh Clarke, JET’s Programme Director, “this is the largest number of plastic bottles JET has ever recorded at a single cleanup site in Jamaica since we began coordinating ICC nationally in 2008.”

Rounding out the top ten items collected by JET volunteers were many other common plastic and foam products, including plastic bags and Styrofoam food and beverage containers:

Top 10 Items collected at the Palisadoes Go Kart Track in Kingston on ICC Day 2018

1

Beverage Bottles (Plastic)

           36,569

2

Bottle Caps (Plastic)

           10,798

3

Other Plastic Bags

             9,069

4

Foam Pieces (<2.5cm)

             8,616

5

Plastic Pieces (<2.5cm)

             7,298

6

Grocery Bags (Plastic)

             4,604

7

Cups & Plates (Foam)

             3,913

8

Take Out/Away Containers (Foam)

             3,152

9

Food Wrappers

             3,026

10

Cups & Plates (Plastic)

             2,783


“This is the first time JET hosted a cleanup on the Kingston Harbour side of the Palisadoes Strip, and it was really an eye-opening experience for many of our volunteers who confronted Jamaica’s garbage crisis head-on,” said Clarke. “Most of the garbage removed from the Go Kart Track originates in the streets, drains and gullies of Kingston, where it is carelessly discarded or illegally dumped. All it takes is one heavy afternoon downpour to wash Kingston’s garbage into the Kingston Harbour where it floats across to the Palisadoes coastline.” she continued. Some of the other items collected at JET’s 2018 cleanup included two refrigerators, five televisions, four traffic cones, 871 shoes, 56 toothbrushes, several car parts and small appliances, a wheelbarrow and a store mannequin. 

JET has also confirmed that over 150 other beach cleanups also took place across Jamaica on ICC Day this year - from Morant Point Lighthouse in St Thomas to Negril West End in Westmoreland. Between July and August JET successfully recruited 99 local groups to stage 2018 ICC events in Jamaica on September 15. ICC Jamaica continued to be supported by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) in 2018; TEF were also joined by RPJ, Jamaica Energy Partners, and several other corporate sponsors to support JET’s staging of ICC Jamaica this year.

“Over the next few weeks we will be compiling data from the other cleanups which took place to produce the national ICC report which we release in January each year.” said Suzanne Stanley, JET CEO. “International Coastal Cleanup Day not only raises awareness among Jamaicans about how much of our garbage ends up in the sea, it also gives us data to illustrate the magnitude of Jamaica’s plastic pollution problem”

The release of the data from JET’s 2018 beach cleanup comes less than a month after an announcement from the Jamaican Government that a ban is to be imposed on single use plastic straws, plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam food and beverage containers starting January 2019. “The ban is a positive step towards Jamaica’s waste stream becoming more biodegradable in composition,” said Stanley, “but as our 2018 cleanup data highlights there is still an urgent need for a strategy to tackle the waste generated by plastic bottles in Jamaica. We look forward to the government’s announcement on the plastic bottle deposit refund scheme, which has been promised for later this month.”




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