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Over 90% support for plastic, Styrofoam ban - Vaz

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 3:31 PM
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz (left), speaking at a public forum at the Rio Nuevo Village, St Mary on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Seated beside him is Councillor, Retreat Division, Krystal Lee - Contributed photo

Five months after the ban on Styrofoam and single-use plastics was implemented in Jamaica, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, is reporting more than 90 per cent support for the initiative.

“We, in this Administration, have taken the bold step and, thankfully, the citizenry has supported it. I don’t know of any other policy that has gotten 90-odd per cent support, not by the Government’s own data but by independent pollsters.

“So it means as a people, we are realising and seeing the damage that is being done to the environment by these plastic [materials] and improper disposal of the items,” he said.

Vaz was addressing a public forum at the Rio Nuevo Village in St Mary on Wednesday on the topic ‘Adapting to Climate Resilience Action Plans: My Responsibility’.

As of January 1, the Government has imposed a ban on single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene.

The ban covers the importation, manufacture and distribution of the materials.

The plastic bags banned are those that are commonly referred to as ‘scandal bags’ and other bags with dimensions of 24 inches by 24 inches or less.

“I am happy to say that since the ban came into effect we have carried out extensive public awareness campaigns. The National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica Customs and all our partners have moved with haste to enforce the ban,” Vaz noted.

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