The Government imposed ban on the local manufacture, distribution and use of expanded polystyrene foam products used in the food and beverage industry takes effect today (Jan 1)
The ban is being implemented as part of a larger effort to curb pollution.
While speaking with JIS News, Senator Matthew Samuda said:
“Much like the plastic bag…we expect that some [products] will take a little while to be fully used up, but we do expect that early in the New Year you will see a marked reduction in the use of styrofoam food containers.”
He also reminded Jamaicans that there will be penalties for breaching the ban.
“We encourage people to be compliant from day one. As you would have seen… over 40 businesses have been fined since the ban was implemented on plastic bags.
“We expect that a similar level of vigilance will take place from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the varying agencies.”
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