JET calls on government not to delay the January 1 ban on styrofoam

by November 11th, 2019

The Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, is calling on the government not to delay the January 1, 2020 ban on styrofoam.

This, as JET notes that, some businesses have appealed for an extension to the ban.

JET’s Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Stanley says, the scheduled implementation of the ban on styrofoam is a progressive move by the government, to improve solid waste management policy and regulation.

Mrs. Stanley notes that, this ban should be adhered to and strongly enforced.

She adds that, the government needs to do more to educate the public on the ban.

She states that, JET has already observed several restaurant operators in the Corporate Area, who have taken a proactive approach to the impending ban, by replacing styrofoam take-out lunch boxes with the alternative bio-degradable options.

Mrs. Stanley is also urging more Jamaican restaurants and cook shops to encourage the use of reusable lunch containers by their customers, which she says, will further reduce the amount of garbage produced by their operations.