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The Port of Kingston coastline recently received a major clean up thanks to the efforts of over 100 volunteers from Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) alongside partners, Rainforest Seafoods and VIP Attractions. The clean up was conducted on International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

The clean up took place at the section located on the southwestern boundary of KFTL. The area, known to staff as KFTL Beach, receives copious amounts of garbage primarily from the Rio Cobre and has been the focus of several smaller cleanups in 2019. During the ICC Day cleanup, the team collected over 126 bags of plastic bottles, as well as other garbage including styrofoam pieces, bottles caps and two refrigerators.

The theme for ICC 2019 was 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 KFTL has participated in the event, in keeping with its commitment to environmental sustainability and as part of its wider Corporate Sustainability thrust.

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 with over 10,000 volunteers expected to participate in ICC clean up activities.

In addition to sponsoring several beach clean up events, KFTL’s environmental stewardship extends to the Kingston Harbour. 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 which resulted in the removal of over 8,299 bags of garbage, comprising mainly plastics, from the Refuge Cay mangroves in Kingston. KFTL also sponsors the ‘Port Royal Cays Coral Reef Rehabilitation’ project, which began 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.

 


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One year after the launch of its environmental campaign, KFTL Go Blue, under the theme “Recycling Begins with you,” Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) is pleased to report that through its various initiatives, close to 300,000 plastic bottles were collected and sent for recycling.

The KFTL Go Blue initiative falls under the company’s Environment and Social Management System (ESMS) aimed at reducing any potential negative impact of its operations on its stakeholders and surrounding environment. The initiative was launched on World Environment Day (June 5) 2018 and features various initiatives to improve waste management, energy and resource conservation.

At the end of 2018, KFTL had separated over 105,000 plastic bottles for recycling. During the first five months of 2019, KFTL separated almost 183,000 plastic bottles, 145,000 of which were collected as part of its participation in the Wisynco Eco Corporate Challenge. KFTL has partnered with the Recycling Partners of Jamaica to collect the separated bottles.

To help facilitate the separation of waste streams by staff and stakeholders, KFTL placed colour-coded bins in various locations across the terminal. Additionally, the company launched its KFTL Recycling School Tour, during which representatives visited several schools near the port, held recycling sensitization sessions and donated recycling bins.

KFTL’s environmental stewardship also extends to the Kingston Harbour, as in 2018, the company sponsored a project in partnership with University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Marine Sciences and the Port Royal Marine Laboratory, which saw over 8,299 bags of garbage, comprising mainly plastics, removed from the Refuge Cay mangroves in Kingston.

Furthermore, KFTL is the sponsor of the ‘Port Royal Cays Coral Reef Rehabilitation’ project, which commenced in 2018, the International Year of the Reef. This five-year project features the design, installation and monitoring of artificial coral reef structures on the Port Royal Cays.


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