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.

Topping the list of concerns was the price of alternative products, the <strong>July 1 deadline</strong> for the ban on the usage of the items, the inconsistency in duties charged on the imported products, and the need for public education as it relates to littering across Barbados.

Topping the list of concerns was the price of alternative products, the July 1 deadline for the ban on the usage of the items, the inconsistency in duties charged on the imported products, and the need for public education as it relates to littering across Barbados.

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.

He stressed that plastic and Styrofoam were enemies to the environment, and people were using and disposing of them indiscriminately, resulting in them getting into the island's water supply and stifling the fish and the economy.

He stressed that plastic and Styrofoam were enemies to the environment, and people were using and disposing of them indiscriminately, resulting in them getting into the island’s water supply and stifling the fish and the economy.

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; –

<strong>Jamal Hall</strong> of Bar Cutters called for a national education drive to be conducted, particularly to rid people of the mentality of littering.

Jamal Hall of Bar Cutters called for a national education drive to be conducted, particularly to rid people of the mentality of littering.

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.

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