JHTA Heightens Calls for the Ban of Single use Plastic and Styrofoam Containers

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, June 22, 2018

The JHTA is steadfast in its strong support of the proposed ban on single use plastic and Styrofoam containers citing the very serious implications for small islands such as Jamaica whose economic development and food security are so closely tied to the natural environment.

The Association noted that some of the effects of plastic pollution can already be seen; therefore urgent action is needed to halt the long term effects on the environment and the food chain. Plastic pollution also has grave implications for tourism and if it continues unchecked, the Jamaican tourism product as we know will be seriously undermined by the presence of plastics which have not been disposed of properly.

The JHTA, in its own efforts to encourage its members to carry out business in a manner which safeguards the environment introduced and awarded an Environmental Sustainability Award at the recently held Annual Awards Luncheon. This award was won by the Jamaica Inn located in Ocho Rios. The Association has also listed environmental preservation as one of its main priorities for the new administrative year and throughout the area chapters, members will be implementing various projects geared towards achieving this objective as they seek to reduce their carbon footprint.

Speaking at the recently concluded 57th Annual General Meeting, held on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios, Omar Robinson, President, JHTA stated: “We are pleased with the Government’s commitment to provide $25 million per year over three years to implement a plastic bottle recycling program. This action will not only reduce the amount of plastic bottles that are disposed of improperly but it will encourage good environmental practices among all Jamaicans. We also take this opportunity to encourage all businesses across the island to replace single use plastic containers with biodegradable or reusable alternatives. Each of us have a part to play to preserve our environment and we encourage you to find more environmentally-friendly solutions to plastic cups, straws and Styrofoam.”