St Vincent and the Grenadines joins single-use plastic ban

St Vincent and the Grenadines has joined the list of Caribbean countries to ban single-use plastic bags and food containers.

The ban will start taking effect next year when it will become illegal to distribute, sell or use the products.

The importation of single-use bags will cease on March 1 and single-use food containers on August 1. The distribution, sale, use and disposal of bags will end on August 1 also, with the deadline for disposable food containers being January 1, 2021.

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Minister of Health Senator Luke Browne announced the ban in St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament and it comes two years after a styrofoam ban.

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Minister of Health Senator Luke Browne

Other Caribbean countries that have banned single-use plastic bags and food containers are Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica and Turks and Caicos.