Plastic Bottle Refund Deposit Scheme To Be Launched This Year

Chairman, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Senator Matthew Samuda (centre), looking on a tray made from bamboo,

being shown to him by Administrative Assistant for Special Projects, BSJ, Lisa Francis (left). Observing is Technical

Director, Flexpak Limited, Nigel Hoyow.  Occasion was a Jamaica Standards Network Meeting on Thursday (April 11),

at the BSJ’s office, Winchester Road in St. Andrew.




The Government is still expecting a plastic bottle deposit refund scheme to become operational this year.

That and the scandal bag ban and plastic straw restrictions already in place are intended to reduce plastic waste in the environment.

Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Senator Matthew Samuda, says plans are on track for the launch of the deposit refund scheme for plastic bottles this year.


The scheme, which will provide a cash refund to consumers who return their plastic bottles, is intended to reduce littering and encourage recycling. It will be implemented by Recycling Partners Jamaica Limited.

Depositors will be paid a minimum of $1 for each polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle delivered to Recycling Partners depots across the island. Producers and distributors of soft drink sold in plastic bottles have already embraced the programme.

“We’re well on the way because money is being put aside…by the private-sector entities, who have put a $1 cess on themselves for each plastic bottle to raise $850 million this year,” Senator Samuda said. The money will go towards the collection of the bottles, including purchasing trucks, JIS reported.


Senator Samuda, who was addressing a meeting on Thursday, April 11, at the BSJ’s offices, St. Andrew, explained that the idea to establish a value for each plastic bottle, as opposed to imposing a fee based on weight, was because PET bottles tend to have little or no weight.

Senator Samuda said that the deposit refund scheme will have many benefits. “Firstly, it would allow for the creation of a green industry based entirely on the notion of waste as a resource. The collected and recycled bottles can be used to make a number of items, including material for carpets and synthetic fibres and other materials,” he said.


Franklin McKnight

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