Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), in keeping with its commitment to environmental sustainability and as part of its wider Corporate Sustainability thrust, continues to support and participate in International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day annually.
For ICC Day 2019, KFTL has chosen to clean up its proverbial backyard by selecting the coastline on its southwestern boundary. The area, known internally to staff as KFTL Beach, receives copious amounts of garbage primarily from the Rio Cobre and has been the focus of several smaller cleanups earlier in 2019.
This year, KFTL will be joined by Rainforest Seafoods and VIP Attractions to clean up the area on Saturday, September 21st , which will see over 200 staff and family members from all three entities participating in the event.
The theme for ICC 2019 is Big Up Wi Beach JA. ICC has been coordinated globally by the Ocean Conservancy since 1985 and locally by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) since 2008. ICC is the largest one-day volunteer event in the world and takes place on the third Saturday in September annually. This is the third year since KFTL has participated in the event.
In 2018, Jamaica ranked as the 17th largest ICC event in the world. Over 9,300 Jamaicans cleaned up over 100,000 pounds of garbage from 150 sites. In 2019, the aim is to have Jamaica rank in the global top 10 for ICC with over 10,000 volunteers expected to participate in clean up activities.
In addition to sponsoring several beach clean up events, KFTL’s environmental stewardship also extends to the Kingston Harbour, as in 2018, the company sponsored a project in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Marine Sciences and the Port Royal Marine Laboratory. This project saw over 8,299 bags of garbage, comprising mainly plastics, removed from the Refuge Cay mangroves in Kingston. KFTL also sponsors the ‘Port Royal Cays Coral Reef Rehabilitation’ project, which commenced in 2018, the International Year of the Reef and includes the design, installation and monitoring of artificial coral reef structures on the Port Royal Cays over a five-year period.