Single-use plastic and styrofoam cups (SUP), cutlery, knives, forks, spoons, stirrers, straws, plates, egg trays and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry will be banned from April 1.
Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda have already instituted or announced similar bans.
From January 1, 2020, there will be a ban on all petro-based plastic bags, with the exemption of those used for the packaging of pharmaceuticals/ medicines, hygiene and the preservation of food.
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A moratorium has been extended on the use of tetra pack straws, while poultry producers have been given more time to find alternatives to the Styrofoam trays used to package chickens. Plastic bottles used in the production of juices will not be subjected to the ban.
The ban on petro-based plastic bags was extended until January 1, 2020, to allow manufacturers to come up with alternative ways of making plastic bags from a bio-based material that was environmentally healthy and friendly.
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