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Rae Town Plastic Recycling Project Launched

Kingston, Jamaica; Environmental stakeholders from the public and private sectors lent their support and expertise towards the launch of The Rae Town Plastic Recycling Pilot Project on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott.

The initiative seeks to reduce the levels of plastic in the wastestream entering the Kingston Harbour and provide income-generating opportunities around plastic recycling for community members. 

The two-year pilot project is funded by the Japanese Government through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at a cost of USD$291,000.00 and will be implemented by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). The initiative forms part of Component Four of the wider Plastic Waste Minimization Project, launched in February 2018 by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). 

 

Retirement Disposal Site Upgrade Announcement

The Honourable Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development disclosed the projects that have been put in place to reduce the risk of fire at the Retirement Disposal Site on Friday, September 13, 2019.

There is now a water tank on site and fire hydrants will be put in place shortly.

There are fire wardens who are first responders and there is an ATV that will be used by the wardens to inspect the site. There is also a new tipper truck that will be used on the facility to transport covering material.

Gas vents are also in place to reduce the risk of fires caused by spontaneous cumbustion.

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