Government has moved to expand the list of containers that can be returned and for which a refund would be paid.
Yesterday, Minister of the Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod introduced the Returnable Containers (Amendment) Bill and the Control of Disposable Plastics (Amendment) Bill in the Lower House for debate, explaining that the Returnable Containers Act (RCA) has been instrumental in reducing littering in the country and has also helped to develop a recycling industry. Prescod told the Lower House that at present waste brokers in this country handle as much as 400 tonnes of material per day.
“It is hoped that formalising the amendment to the Act, that there would be an even greater amount of separation of recyclables from the waste stream. If we can reduce that, we will be able to reduce the amount of waste that has to be collected and waste that must be transported in the limited trucks we have,” he said.