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.