Plastic Pollution Sequestration in the Eastern Caribbean

A Pilot Study to Reduce the Impact of Tourism in the OECS

  • Participation is voluntary.
  • Cruise lines, hotels and retailers can leverage PR and marketing opportunities.
  • Coupon purchasers get a psychological boost and something of material value.
  • Collectors earn a decent wage, and inclusion in the financial system.
  • Local residents experience a cleaner, healthier environment.
  • Municipalities benefit from reduced strain on landfills, greater tourism potential, reduced poverty and unemployment, a more vibrant economy, and potential for more inter-island economic activity as the coupons circulate within the OECS.
  • Coupon sales (location, season, per capita data).
  • Money transferred to collectors’ bank accounts.
  • Mass of plastic sequestered.
  • Household and visitor surveys on environmental and domestic changes.
  • Coupon velocity and range of use.
  • Changing crime, domestic violence, social nuisance patterns.
  • Estimated total plastic waste production: 35,373 tonnes per year. (This assumes tourists generate 3 times the local rate. MSW generation range for the 6 countries: 0.79–1.80 kg/person/day; plastic content 12%.).
  • Total visitors (cruise + overnighters): 4.2 million.
  • Average expenditure per visitor: USD 2,812.
  • Total cost to collect 100% of plastic waste (@USD 2 / kg): USD 70.7 million. (Assumes 0% recycling)
  • Total cost per visitor: USD 16.86



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