Executive Chairman of the RPJ, Damien King, said the move was designed to increase the number of plastic bottles removed from the environment and foster greater public awareness to the dangers of plastic on public and environmental health.

The RPJ now pays $5 per pound for plastic bottles that are brought to their collection sites and $4 per pound for plastic bottles that are collected by them.

“I am announcing that we are going to be doubling what the RPJ pays for plastic bottles. We are going to be moving recycling to a higher level. That is our commitment,” King said.

Plastic bottles are one of the main causes of clogged drains which causes flooding in low lying areas during heavy rains.