HOW WE THINK ABOUT GARBAGE IN JAMAICA NEEDS TO CHANGE. Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica is a public education campaign that aims to improve citizens knowledge about the impact of poorly handled waste on public health and the environment, while encouraging personal responsibility for the generation and disposal of waste. Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica, launched in February 2015, is one component of the Clean Coasts Project, led by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) with the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Wisynco Group.
So far this campaign has received a tremendous response! Please help us to spread the message to your friends, family, co-workers and communities. Find out how to get involved in the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign as an individual here, and in your work place here – there’s even a checklist you can use to track your progress. We are excited to have you on board.
For more ways to think about garbage and how to start a discussion with your friends, family, coworkers, classmates and neighbours, click here.
Place more bins in your neighbourhood. A list of places you can source garbage bins can be found here. Ensure that when your garbage is being collected it is being taken to an approved waste disposal site. A list of approved disposal sites and contact information for the site managers can be found here.
12 Days of Nuh Dutty Up Christmas
Tips for a cleaner Christmas Season in Jamaica
- Avoid serving food in single-use containers at Christmas parties. Switch to reusable plates, cups, and cutlery.
- Give the gift of a garbage bin to your community. Properly dispose of your garbage by putting it in a bag, and placing the bag in the bin.
- Christmas Trees generate a lot of garbage after the season is over and do not compost easily. Consider decorating another type of potted plant or plant in your garden as a Christmas Tree instead. If you must have a traditional tree get an artificial one you can use year after year – non-PVC type plastic trees are the less toxic option.
- Take reusable bags when you go Christmas shopping.
- Reuse wrapping paper or use recycled paper for gifts. Better yet, skip wrapping paper and use gift bags instead – these can be reused over and over again!
- Eat at home before you head out to go shopping. This will help reduce the waste you create while eating on the go.
- Making lots of pastry and cakes for Christmas? Use your eggshells, coconut trash and potato peels to start a compost heap!
- Don’t use snail mail – Send e-cards for Christmas greetings instead!
- Get creative – make your own Christmas decorations using things found in nature or reuse materials which may otherwise be heading for the garbage bin.
- Give thoughtful, personal and unique gifts which don’t generate much waste, for example:
- Something you cooked or baked
- A donation to a local charity
- Local, hand-made products. Check out some of the Jamaican retailers here.
- Products sold in reusable containers
- Prepare home-made drinks like Sorrel, Eggnog and Chocolate Tea to reduce waste produced by pre-packaged beverage bottles and cans.
- Recycle & Reuse! Households create a lot of additional waste during the holiday season. Reuse packaging and recycle plastic containers!