BICO COMMENDED FOR UPHOLDING PLASTIC BAN RESTRICTIONS
Government is moving to crack down on importers who continue to flout the law and import banned petroleum-based single-use plastic items.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, stated that banned products were still entering the country and it had to stop.
“There are many importers now who are trying to flout the legislation and import products that pretend to be biodegradable or compostable, or within the ambit of the law.
“On closer inspection, the containers say very clearly that they are made from a petroleum base. Some of those are coming into the country and we have to stop it,” he declared.
However, he commended BICO for being “steady and steadfast” in its relationship in ensuring that it abided by the law, and remaining one of the Ministry’s “supporters”, in relation to the ban on petroleum-based single-use plastics, through its Vegware line.
The Minister added that BICO had a long and established relationship with the Barbados Port Inc., and played an important role in Barbados.
“The cold storage, especially during the lockdown was full. It is a million cubic feet and all of it was taken up with storage. This kind of cold storage is very, very important with what we offer as a product in the Port and in Barbados,” Mr. Humphrey said.
He noted that COVID-19 revealed that there were sometimes “unknown, unrecognised players” in the industry, and BICO demonstrated this through its cold storage facility during the shutdown.
“I think we have to elevate all that we do now to international standards. This is the epitome of what rising oneself to international standards represents,” he stated.
He added that the new ice cream factory features the process of producing ice cream in Barbados from pasteurising and freezing to filling in the automatic filler, where it is blast frozen to retain the quality. (JRB/BGIS)