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KFTL Go Blue bags over 100,000 bottles in seven months

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

In the seven months since June 5 last year, the staff at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) has prevented over 100,000 plastic bottles and more than 600lbs of cardboard from going to the dump.

The total numbers; according to the company, is 105,570 bottles and 656lbs of cardboard.

KTFL staff has been deliberately separating their garbage since World Environment Day through a project dubbed KFTL Go Blue. Also under the project, the facility, which employs some 1,200 workers, discontinued the use of single-use plastic straws and has substituted styrofoam food-ware with biodegradable containers at its canteen.

“This was possible through the collective efforts of KFTL staff and partners,” noted Christopher Gayle, environmental specialist at KFTL. “We look forward to continued support in 2019, when we will seek to increase productivity while reducing the environmental impact of our operations through the implementation of additional initiatives,” he added.

KFTL Go Blue features various initiatives to improve waste management and energy and resource conservation at the port. This includes placing colour-coded bins in strategic locations across the terminal to facilitate the separation of waste streams.

The separated waste is collected by Recycling Partners of Jamaica.