NO TIME IS A GOOD TIME – BLUE ECONOMY MINISTER SPEAKS FRANKLY AT PLASTICS BAN TALKS
There was no holding back as vendors, retailers, distributors and members of the public voiced concerns over the ban on petro-based single use plastics at Paddock Road during the first of two town hall meetings.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, said the discussion on banning plastics started as far back as three years ago under the last administration; –
Mr. Humphrey also urged the public to consider the “real cost” of continuing to use the petro-based single use plastic. The Minister also stated what was occurring was a transition process for everyone, which had begun.
Permanent Secretary, Esworth Reid, also urged those present to remember this ban was “not a Barbados thing“, but was a global initiative aimed at improving and protecting the state of the environment.
Founder of Carlton A-One and Emerald City Supermarkets, Andrew Bynoe, was among those who agreed that the three-month extension was “generous“, and stressed that he did not feel Bajans should now be asking for another extension; –
This was supported by Manager of the Solid Waste Project Unit, Ricardo Marshall, who also noted that this would be done through continuous education.
However, he lamented that although there were recycling programmes in schools for over 20 years, people continued to dispose of things inappropriately; –
At the end of the meeting, Minister Humphrey engaged in one-on-one discussions with individuals who had challenges peculiar to their operations, to see how best they could be resolved.