Why Recycle?

Combating Climate Change

Climate change is becoming a more starling reality everyday as we experience hotter days and drastic shifts in weather patterns. When we think about climate climate change, the first thing that comes to mind is global warming, which is the warming of the earth over a long period of time. However, climate change refers to the broader range of changes that are happening to our planet (Source: NASA). These broader activities inlcude rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic, and shifts in flower and plant blooming times. And right here in the Caribbean we can identify climate change in longer wet seasons and droughts, as well as increased flooding.

It is there more evident that as inhabitants of the earth we must work together slow climate change. We can all do our part right here in our own local communities by doing simple actions that will have a positive impact on the envrionmnent. Making changes in our lifestyle collectively will make all the difference. Some ways we can combat climate change are: using renewable energy, reducing waste water, reducing our carbon footprint and RECYLCLING.

Recycling Matters

Recycling plastic is one important way that we all can play our part in combatting climate change. If we reuse, reduce and recycle; it will take us closer in our mission to slow the effects of climate change. Reducing first allows us to stop waste before it’s even generated, making it the most environmentally preferable option. There must be an emphasis on reducing waste at the source, reusing materials, and then recycling.

When we recycle plastic, we are making plastic from existing plastic. This process conserves natural resources that goes into making new plastic. Most importantly, recylcing reducing the energy consumption that makes plastic. This in turn will reduce the amount greenhouse gasses emitted in this process, ultimately reducing the global warming effect.

Recycling Knowledge

What to recycle - PETE vs HDPE

PET or PETE bottles are made from Polyethylene Terephthalate. These bottles are usually clear. Some examples of these are water and soda bottles, clear body wash and dishwashing liquid bottles and mouthwash bottles.

HDPE bottles are made from High-density polyethylene. This a thicker plastic than PET and is usually opaque. They can also be found in a variety of colours. Some examples are plastic ketchup bottles, some juice bottles, bottles used to store chemicals such as bleach, liquid detergent and floor cleaners, shampoos, lotions and conditioners.

The type of bottle is usually marked by the symbols of PET or
HDPE at the bottom of the bottle. RPJ only collects these two
types of plastics at the moment.

How to recycle?

✔ Empty the bottle of any content
✔ Crush the bottle to save on space
✔ Place crushed bottle in bag designated for recycling.
✔ When the bag is filled, take it to any one of RPJ depots or drop off locations throughout the country

Total volume of plastic consumed?

Jamaica produces approximately 800 million bottles annually.

Creative applications of recycled plastic bottle

We have no local examples of this, but recycled plastics have been used overseas to make:
✔ Clothing
✔ Shoes
✔ Toys
✔ Bags
✔ Jewelry
✔ Art

Jamaican Journey of a plastic bottle

  • Drop in the recycling bin
  • Collected by RPJ
  • Taken to RPJ depot
  • Baled
  • Shipped to a local recycler which produces colour-sorted and washed PET and HDPE flakes.
  • These flakes (now considered a raw material), are exported to be used in new product development

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