Kingston. To tackle Jamaica's plastic problem, the government has issued an outright ban on single-use plastic starting in 2019. The ban applies to the import, manufacture, sale and use of typical single-use plastic products. These include, for example, plastic bags, Styrofoam and plastic straws.
"Jamaica is inundated with all forms of plastic."
Daryl Vaz is Jamaica's Minister of Economic Growth and has been instrumental in the rapid introduction of the single-use plastic ban in Jamaica. He said at the crucial press conference that the ban was a necessary measure because Jamaica is awash in plastic waste.
It remains to be seen how the people of Jamaica will react to this timely change from the first day of the new year.
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