Plastic Bags, Straw and Styrofoam Ban

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As of January 1, 2019 the Government will impose a ban on single use plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam. The ban covers the importation, manufacture and distribution of the materials.

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

Bags that are used for packaging and maintaining public health or food safety standards will not be banned. This applies to plastics that are essential for the maintenance of food and safety standards and include plastics used to package raw meat, flour, sugar, rice and baked goods, such as bread.

In some instances the use of plastic bags will be allowed. However, manufactures will have to apply to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for exemptions.

The styrofoam ban applies to those that are used as food and beverage containers. Regarding drinking straws, the ban will not apply to those that are used in medical facilities like hospitals or care homes for patients.

For additional information contact:

National Environment and Planning Agency

10 -11 Caledonia Avenue

Kingston 5

Telephone:  (876) 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005

Fax: (876) 754-7595-6

Email: pubed@nepa.gov.jm

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