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Working group examining plastic bag and styrofoam use

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 1:24 PMJerome Reynolds

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, has disclosed that a working group on plastic packaging has been established to address single-use plastic bags and styrofoam.

Vaz says the group will submit its recommendations to the Cabinet before the end of the second quarter of the 2018-19 financial year.

Vaz notes that persons who irresponsibly dump garbage in gullies and waterways need to be aware that their actions can cause flooding, vectors and other health hazards.

The Minister’s remarks came in a speech delivered on his behalf by the ministry’s Chief Technical Director, Lieutenant Colonel Oral Khan, at the opening ceremony yesterday of the Caribbean Waste Management Conference being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

On the matter of electronic waste, Vaz states that it is important that the necessary measures be instituted to facilitate the collection, reuse, recycling and refurbishment of these items in an environmentally sound manner.

He notes that regulations are to be developed arising from the e-waste pilot programme undertaken by the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Vaz says the sustainable management of e-waste can combat poverty, and generate green jobs through recycling, collection and processing initiatives while safeguarding the environment as well as human health from hazards.

Meanwhile, he says the Government is embarking on a four-year programme aimed at enhancing the legislative framework to reduce pollution of the environment.