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Last day for feedback on proposal to ban plastic bags

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 11:19 AM

The government-appointed Working Group examining a Senate motion calling for the banning of certain types of plastic bags and styrofoam containers says the public has responded overwhelmingly to a request for their input.

Today is the final day for written submissions to be made by the public, and chairman of the working group, Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, says in the past week, there has been a flood of responses.

He says the last-minute informed responses will mean more work for the working group but it is welcomed.

According to Dr Lyew-Ayee, the policy cannot be written based on one person’s recommendation.

The committee will meet next week to review the feedback it has received and thereafter write its recommendations.

The final report to be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation emanated from a private members motion by Senator Matthew Samuda last year, calling for a ban on non-biodegradable plastic packaging material.

After reviewing the committee’s report, the environment minister may either issue orders bringing into effect the recommendations or take legislation to Parliament.