Environmentalist, Peter Espeut, is calling on the government to take the next step and implement a deposit compensation scheme for recycling plastic bottles.

His call comes as the stakeholders are getting used to a national ban on styrofoam containers that took effect on January one, and a ban on certain single use plastic bags, in effect since last year.

Mr Espeut says he’s pleased with the initiative. 

But he says Jamaica is not a leader in this phenomenon.

Peter Espeut, environmentalist, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.

Last week, Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, proposed that an Environmental Impact Assessment be done to examine the effectiveness of the ban on certain categories of single-use plastics.

He said the ban has already proven successful.