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  • President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, says the Government’s ban on single-use plastics will reduce the harmful effects of the material on marine life and the wider environment.
  • "Plastics are deadly; they are dangerous; they are… not sustainable, and I endorse the plastic ban,” he said at a recent JIS Think Tank.
  • “We are on the (Kingston) harbour… [and] you just want to see after it rains, the amount of plastic and plastic bags that are washed up, and you also have microplastics killing fishes and other organisms,” he noted.

President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, says the Government’s ban on single-use plastics will reduce the harmful effects of the material on marine life and the wider environment.

“Plastics are deadly; they are dangerous; they are… not sustainable, and I endorse the plastic ban,” he said at a recent JIS Think Tank.

“We are on the (Kingston) harbour… [and] you just want to see after it rains, the amount of plastic and plastic bags that are washed up, and you also have microplastics killing fishes and other organisms,” he noted.

He said the CMU will be doing its part to ensure proper waste management and the enforcement of the plastic ban on its campus.

“At CMU, we are now putting in all our separation bins, sorting our garbage and we are going to enforce the ban on single-use plastics in the space we are in,” Professor Pinnock told JIS News.

The CMU President pointed out that 60 per cent of waste materials are recyclable and called for Jamaicans to be more disciplined in terms of waste management.

“If we all can do this, the country will be a better country. It is something that is necessary and we must do it as citizens. Think about the future and what we are leaving for our children,” he said.

“It’s about the sustainability of our environment, we owe it to the environment,” he added.