Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), with responsibility for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investment, has commended Red Stripe on the launch of its Circular Economy Project.
The Circular Economy is an approach to more appropriate waste management that supports the environment, reduces the carbon footprint and promotes sustainable development by reusing resources for as long as possible.
Vaz, who was the guest speaker at the internal launch held on the grounds of the beer manufacturing company on Tuesday, said that apart from the benefit to the environment, this innovative project will provide economic opportunities for ordinary Jamaicans at the community level.
“I am particularly happy that the company has led from the front.”— Vaz
“I am particularly happy that the company has led from the front and broadened its focus on waste materials such as wood, paper and metals and not just plastics,” he said.
“This, I hope, will ultimately create a shift in how we separate our waste at the source, and encourage each one of us to practice reuse and recycle, where necessary and appropriate, to ultimately reduce our waste to landfill levels and lower our carbon dioxide emissions.”
Vaz also encouraged the private sector, including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), to get on board and employ similar strategies that will not only serve to protect the environment but encourage investment in the economy and further develop the country.