Don’t feed the plastic monster!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) unveiled an 8-ft plastic monster at its Cross Roads head office last Friday to signal the start of a push towards the use of re-usable shopping bags as opposed to single-use plastic ones.

The unveiling coincided with International Plastic Bag Free Day, observed around the world on Sunday, July 3.

NEPA’s monster, made of single-use plastic bags, is a reflection of the world’s ever-growing consumerism and waste management problems, the agency said.

"Plastic bags are non-biodegradable, and are estimated to make up 80 per cent of marine litter as well as cause the death of over 100,000 marine animals every year, according to the International Plastic Bag Free Day website," it continued.

Supermarkets and retail stores including Progressive Grocers of Jamaica Limited, John R Wong Supermarket, Lee’s Food Fair and Family Pharmacy, Everybody’s Pharmacy and Nelson’s Pharmacy partnered with NEPA on the anti-plastic drive by providing customers with cardboard boxes and reusable bags over the weekend.

The United Nations Environment Programme has also endorsed NEPA’s initiative, as have Respect Jamaica, Jamaica Environment Trust, and Recycling Partners of Jamaica Limited.

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