Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…


Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is a small, hard-working, dedicated team. They don’t spend all their time talking about environmental issues on the radio and television, although advocacy is an important part of their work. They actually work long hours on projects that contribute to the national good and educate the Jamaican people, including our youngest citizens, on the environment. And JET needs your support! Why not consider becoming a member for 2020?
P.S. “Big ups” once again to the Tourism Enhancement Fund, which has consistently supported the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica programme over the years!
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Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Looks Forward To a Plastic-Free 2020
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating another successful year of Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica activities and is looking forward to ramping up the campaign in 2020. In the new year Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica will continue its focus on educating Jamaicans about reducing the use of single-use plastic, as Jamaica’s plastic ban expands to include all Styrofoam food and beverage containers on January 1, 2020.
“First up on our 2020 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica line-up will be a Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Road Trip in late January to promote the Styrofoam ban and highlight alternatives to all the single-use plastic items which are banned in Jamaica – bags, straws, Styrofoam,” said Lauren Creary, Project Coordinator at JET. 2020 will also see an expansion of the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network to facilitate thirty community cleanups throughout the year. “The cleanup network is scheduled to be launched in February in time for Valentine’s Day and our theme will be Love Where Yu Live,” said Creary.
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RushCam with a patron at a Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Road Trip stop in Montego Bay in August 2019. (Photo: JET)
Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica achieved impressive results in an external evaluation of the campaign which was conducted in August 2019. Since its launch in 2015 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica has attained universal campaign awareness – 99% of those surveyed know the campaign and understand its messaging. Campaign activities for Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica in 2019 included the Nuh Dutty Up Di Road 2019 Carnival campaign and the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Road Trip. Twenty community cleanups were also facilitated through the 2019 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network and the campaign ended the year on a high note with its Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica: 12 Days of Christmas campaign.
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(L-R) Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica partnered with Xaymaca International, Bacchanal Jamaica and Xodus Carnival to raise awareness of good solid waste management practices during the 2019 carnival season in April. (Photo: JET)
“Recently we’ve shifted Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’s focus to transforming Jamaican’s awareness of our solid waste crisis into action, by promoting alternative ways to manage garbage like composting and other ways to reduce waste,” said Creary. “We use occasions like Christmas, Carnival and our Road Trips to highlight these strategies, and given the results of our 2019 evaluation, we are confident the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica message is reaching Jamaicans.”
In 2020 JET will continue to leverage Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’s popularity to educate Jamaicans about good solid waste management – reducing, reusing, recycling, composting and properly containerizing garbage.
Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica is a public education campaign which encourages Jamaicans to take personal responsibility for the garbage they produce by practicing good solid waste management habits.  The campaign has been led by JET and funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) since 2015.
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In 2020 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica will continue its focus on educating Jamaicans about reducing the use of single-use plastic by promoting alternatives like reusable straws and reusable food and beverage containers. (Photo: JET)

6 thoughts on “Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…

  1. For some things it is exceptionally easy to go plastic free, for others it is not. The amount of plastic some businesses use to wrap their product is horrible. Then there are things like toilet paper that is wrapped in plastic. We have a bidet attached to our one toilet which has cut down toilet paper use a good 75% or more; I am thinking of going back to cloth instead of toilet paper. I buy kleenex and the box is wrapped in plastic – totally unnecessary. I no longer use any plastic when purchasing groceries, including fruits and veggies (I made my bags but you can buy them). It is a change, easily done, and it is sad to see that so many people do not want to make the effort.

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    1. Yes, quite true! The huge amount of plastic packaging worries me. The problem is there seems to be no limit to it and nothing much is being done about it – as you say it’s the “conscious consumer” who has to make the effort to source and purchase the right things. You encouraged me to use shampoo bars (not things in plastic), we have nice bamboo toothbrushes, and I am steadily trying to reduce the amount of plastic around us. Some habits are indeed easy to change!

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